Teen who fired gun at York High football game gets more prison time for more gun crimes

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York County man who was 15 years old when he shot two men outside a York High football game — endangering about 2,000 people in the process — has been sentenced to prison for committing more gun-related offenses.

Known as "Mouse," Stephon Damieen Brown was 17 when he was arrested by York City Police for the second time and charged as an adult with the felonies of being a person prohibited from possessing firearms and carrying a firearm without a license.

Brown, now 19 and of the 100 block of Springwood Drive in New Freedom, was sentenced Monday in York County Court to 3½ to seven years in state prison and given credit for the 413 days he has already spent locked up, according to court records.

He pleaded guilty to both charges against him on Jan. 6 without a plea agreement in place, court records state.

Defense attorney Korey Leslie said the sentence was fair and just.

According to York City Police, Officer Allen Henty was dispatched shortly after 8 a.m. Jan. 8 for a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in a private area in the 200 block of Pattison Street.

The car was still running and Brown was in the driver's seat, which was tilted back, documents state.

Henty knocked on the driver-side window, startling Brown, who refused to open the door or roll down his window, police said.

Stephon "Mouse" Brown

Gun in hand: Henty went to the passenger side of the car, which is when Brown bailed out and ran toward Lynch Way holding a gun in one hand and two cellphones in the other, court documents state.

Henty gave chase and captured Brown after the 5-foot-5, 100-pound teen apparently gave up in the 700 block of Edison Street, documents state.

"Brown finally dropped the gun and two cellular phones on the grass before going to the ground from exhaustion," Henty wrote in court documents.

The handgun was a loaded .40-caliber Glock with an extended 22-round magazine, according to police allegations. Officers seized it and also seized some marijuana they found in Brown's car, documents state.

In Pennsylvania it's illegal for minors to possess handguns and also illegal for people to possess firearms if they've been convicted of being a minor in firearm possession. Brown pleaded guilty to the latter charge for firing a gun outside a York High football game on Sept. 9, 2016.

The Pennsylvania Crimes Code prohibits people convicted of all felonies and certain misdemeanors from owning or even holding firearms.

Football-game shooting: Brown pleaded guilty in August 2018 to illegal possession of a firearm by a minor, reckless endangerment and three counts of criminal mischief.

Two charges of aggravated assault were dismissed because the victims weren't cooperative, a prosecutor said at the time. Also dismissed were 1,999 counts of reckless endangerment because Brown pleaded guilty to one all-encompassing count.

York City Police search for evidence at Small Athletic Field after a shooting injured two people at a York High football game on Sept. 9, 2016.
(Amanda J. Cain photo)

In exchange for his plea, Brown was sentenced to a minimum of a year minus a day in prison to a maximum of two years minus two days in prison, plus two years' probation.

He had already spent 663 days in York County Prison at the time of his plea, so it amounted to a time-served sentence, according to Leslie.

Teen fugitive: Brown, who apparently was living in the Reading area prior to being arrested, spent five weeks on the lam before being captured in a Lancaster home on Oct. 14, 2016.

Brown was accused of shooting York City brothers Darius Allen and Antwan Jackson Jr. about 9:30 p.m. Sept. 9, 2016, outside the Small Athletic Field football stadium during William Penn Senior High School's home opener against Lancaster County's McCaskey High School.

Police filed the 2,000 counts of reckless endangerment against Brown after estimating the attendance inside Small Athletic Field the night of the shooting.

According to police, there was a verbal disagreement inside the stadium, and it moved outside. The three people involved grew to eight, he said, and included Allen, Jackson and Brown's friend.

Security footage from the high school showed that it appeared the confrontation resolved itself, and Allen and Jackson started to walk away, police have said.

Families took cover: Something caused Allen to turn around, at which point Brown shot him with a .40-caliber handgun, police said. After Allen was shot, Jackson started to chase down Brown but also was shot by Brown, according to police.

The footage showed people in the parking lot flinching and taking cover, including police officers stationed outside the game, according to police.

At the time, there was a crowd of people in the parking lot that included families with little children, who also were forced to duck and run for cover, he said.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.