Mayor Breed’s brother’s sentence reduced for girlfriend’s 2000 death

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The brother of San Francisco’s Mayor Breed was resentenced to a shorter prison term Monday. 

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Brendan Conroy reduced Napoleon Brown’s sentence from 44 years to 31 for involuntary manslaughter, armed robbery and carjacking. 

Brown was involved in the death of his girlfriend as she drove a getaway car over the Golden Gate Bridge after a robbery in 2000. 

In 2018, Mayor London Breed sent outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown a letter, asking for leniency and commute for her older brother’s prison sentence. She referenced her position as mayor in the letter. 

Outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown did not respond. 

Marc Zilversmit, Napoleon Brown’s attorney, said they are pleased the judge agreed to a reduction but they had asked for an even shorter sentence. 

According to Zilversmit, Brown has served nearly 22 years in prison. 

“There are mixed emotions,” he said.

The mayor’s press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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