A Miami man will spend 15 years in prison for his role in a fatal 2008 supermarket robbery, and for later escaping from Miami-Dade police headquarters before he could be booked into jail.
Brainely Morelus, 21, pleaded guilty this week to second-degree felony murder, attempted felony murder, attempted armed robbery and escape. He’ll also serve 10 years of probation after he is released from prison.
On March 30, 2008, Morelus and pal Jermaine Cobb, 19, tried robbing a security guard of his gun at the Winn-Dixie market, 11130 NW Seventh Ave.
Police said Morelus shot guard Carlos Montes, who in turn fatally shot Cobb in self-defense. Montes survived. Morelus was charged with felony murder for taking part in the crime that led to his friend’s demise.
In June 2008, police said, Morelus confessed at the Miami-Dade police headquarters, 9105 NW 25th St. But before he could be booked into jail, Morelus slipped out of a homicide bureau office and made it to the nearby Miami International Mall, where he used a payphone to call his sister before he was found hiding in the parking lot.
Morelus was facing between 25 and 50 years in prison.
“It was a pleasure working with Brainley’s family. They are good hard-working decent people, and I only wish the result could have been a little bit better for them,” said defense attorney Richard Docobo.