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Texas man pleads guilty to a murder in Lower Macungie

Thursday, October 27, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON apeterson@tnonline.com in Police Log

A man from Texas pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to the death of a Lower Macungie Township man who was found shot in a parking lot near his home in Lower Macungie Township in 2014.

Alexander Brown, 27, pleaded guilty to third degree murder and no contest to robbery, Megan Wieand, a spokesperson for the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office said by telephone Oct. 12.

Brown faces 25 to 50 years to run consecutively with a sentence in Texas where he is currently serving a sentence for kidnapping, according to media reports and court documents.

Brown pleaded guilty in the shooting death of Gary Alfred Wragg, 59, of 1037 G Village Round, Lower Macungie Township, whose body was discovered in a parking lot adjacent to his apartment building around 11:45 p.m. Oct. 4. 2014, according to court documents and reports published in The Press newspapers.

State Police at Fogelsville had responded to the apartment complex on reports of gunshots.

In criminal court documents filed in Lehigh County Brown pleaded guilty, noting he “ did intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or negligently cause the death of” Gary Alfred Wragg.

Brown pleaded to one count of third degree murder and no contest to one count of robbery, according to court documents.

An autopsy revealed Wragg died of multiple gun shot wounds and the death was ruled a homicide following the autopsy.

According to court documents, imprisonment for Wragg’s murder is to be a period of no less than 20 years and no more than 40 years while imprisonment for the robbery charge is to run not less than five years or more than 10 years.

Police outlined what happened in an affidavit of probable cause:

Pennsylvania State Police troopers received reports of several gun shots fired in a rear parking lot of Meadowyck Condominiums, Village Road, Lower Macungie Township, 11:44 p.m. Oct. 4, 2014. Police found “a male... lying on the ground, face down.”

Shell casings were found near the man who was pronounced dead early Oct. 5, 2014.

The man was identified as Wragg. An autopsy recovered four .40 caliber bullets from Wragg’s body. The cause of death was determined to be the wounds and the manner of death was determined to be a homicide.

A witness told police two men, later identified as Wragg and Brown, were arguing in the parking lot around the time of the shooting. Additional witnesses told police a dark colored SUV was seen fleeing the parking lot soon after the shooting and the vehicle later was found to be stolen by Brown from a woman in Texas.

When Brown was taken into custody Oct. 12, 2014, by Houston Police back in Texas, a handgun found in the SUV Brown was driving was confirmed to be the gun used to shoot Wragg. The SUV was the same Brown had taken from the woman.

According to court documents, Brown had told a witness he had friends in Allentown and New Jersey.