Kisu Brady Brown has been sentenced to nine years and six months in state prison for attacking a man with an ax at the 7-Eleven store on Santa Monica Boulevard at Hayworth in 2017, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.
The ax attack by Brown, which was captured on video, resulted in a surge of complaints from residents of West Hollywood’s Eastside about safety issues that they attributed to homeless people.
Brown, 44, pleaded no contest in April to one count of attempted voluntary manslaughter. He was sentenced yesterday. He also admitted inflicting great bodily injury on the victim during the commission of the crime and using an ax as a deadly and dangerous weapon.
In a statement on the attack at the time, a spokesperson for the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station said “responding deputies have learned the suspect … was stealing items from the location when the victim offered to pay for his items. The suspect became upset, refused the victim’s offer and a struggle ensued. As the victim left the location the suspect pulled out an ax and began to hit him in the head several times. After the assault, the suspect fled the location heading northbound on Hayworth Avenue and out of view.
“The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.”
The victim, who has asked that he not be identified, suffered serious injuries to his skull and his face.
The attack was captured on the store’s security camera. It showed Brown stepping outside the store and waiting for the victim to emerge, at which point he began attacking him. Brown turned and walked away briefly before resuming the attack, with an unknown man watching.
Brown has a history of arrests in Los Angeles and Riverside counties for various criminal activities.
A search of criminal court records by WEHOville turned up arrests as far back as Sept. 18, 1997. In September 1997, Brown, then in his 20s and apparently living in San Bernardino in Riverside County, was arrested on a felony charge of receiving stolen property from a Tommy Hilfiger store and a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a public safety officer.
He was put on probation and then returned to court in 1999 on a charge of violating probation for reasons that are unclear. A judge then sentenced him to three years in jail but put him into a probationary program where he had to spend 120 weekends in the custody of the Riverside Sheriff’s Office and was ordered to obtain a job or go to school during the week.
On June 5, 2000, Brown was arrested on a charge of driving over the 65 mile-per-hour speed limit in Los Angeles County. On March 4, 2003, he was sentenced to a year in prison for that offense. Meanwhile, the Riverside County district attorney petitioned the court to revoke Brown’s probation, which it did in September 2000.
Brown has been involved in at least six other incidents in Los Angeles County (not counting the 7-Eleven attack) since then. In some of those incidents, he has been sentenced to prison. However, the Los Angeles County Superior Court online record system, which court employees admit is antiquated, does not include sentences in its reports, which must be researched individually by public information staffers, a time-consuming process