NORFOLK, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging Eric Brian Brown with kidnapping, resulting in the death of 19-year-old college student Ashanti Billie.
The indictment alleges that the 46-year-old Navy veteran abducted Billie in September 2017 on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. He then took her, against her will, across state lines from Virginia to North Carolina.
Billie died as a result of the kidnapping.
If convicted, Brown faces a maximum penalty of death and a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison.
Brown is also charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury and theft. If convicted of those two offenses, he faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.