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Hostile felon gets 30 years in prison

ALBANY, Ga. -- When the order "All rise" rang across the courtroom at the entrance of the judge, the defendant remained seated.

A U.S. marshal nudged handcuffed Ramon Brown to rise. Brown shouldered the marshal, flailing at him with his head and body.

Within seconds, while cursing and growling threats, Brown was put on the floor by four marshals. Once seated again Brown began taunting the marshals and his defense attorney.

"I know what you gonna be, you gonna be dead," Brown said.

The sentencing portion of Brown's conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon had begun at about 4:20 p.m. Thursday in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia. By the end, Brown received 30 years in prison.

Dougherty Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Matt Breedon, certified to prosecute in federal court, emphasized Brown's hostility and long violent criminal record when he asked U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands to give Brown life in prison.

Breedon ran through a list of Brown's previous convictions including six armed robberies, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, and aggravated battery, aggravated assault, starting two riots in a penal institution and public indecency.

"He (Brown) has no respect for the law or this court," Breedon said. "With his history of violence and lack of respect he should have a life sentence."

Sands said he took into account Brown's lack of respect for the law, "He has shown none," and the court's desire to protect the public when he ordered Brown to 30 years in prison.

Sands added, "He has refused to act the way human beings are expected to act in a civilized society."

Sands recounted Brown's arrest before sentencing. On May 30, 2009 Albany Police Department officers were dispatched to a domestic violence call. Officers arrived at Brown's girlfriend's residence.

Brown fled and discarded a bag with a ski mask, a semi-automatic firearm and ammunition, which was recovered by police.

A ski mask in May, a firearm and Brown's criminal history could only lead to one conclusion according to Sands. Brown meant to continue robbing people.

"His record is considerable," Sands said. "Six different persons were robbed at the point of a weapon. He has no intent to comply with the orders of the court."

Despite Brown's threats against him, defense attorney Rick Collum offered to file an appeal on his client's behalf.

"I'll file it myself," Brown said.