Man who beat CarMax salesman with pipe during carjacking sentenced to 9 years in prison

Joshua Maxwell, 28, previously pleaded guilty to charge


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A man convicted of carjacking a used-car salesman at a CarMax dealership in Davie was sentenced Friday to nine years in federal prison.

Joshua Maxwell, 28, of Fort Lauderdale, pleaded guilty to one count of carjacking.

Prosecutors said Maxwell pretended to be a customer Nov. 11, 2016, when he approached a salesman at the CarMax in Davie.

Authorities said he inquired about a 2012 Dodge Charger that was on the lot and asked to take it out for a test drive.

After getting Maxwell's driver's license, the salesman saw in the company's system that Maxwell had visited the same CarMax the day before.

As they were nearing the end of the test drive, the salesman asked Maxwell to stop the car so they could switch positions and he could drive the Charger back into the CarMax lot. 

Authorities said Maxwell repeatedly struck the salesman on the head with a copper metal pipe that he had in his pocket.

The salesman tried to escape, but Maxwell continued to beat him and stabbed him in the chest.

Authorities said Maxwell fled in the Charger and left the wounded salesman in the roadway.

The victim was taken to local hospital with serious injuries. 

Maxwell was arrested and confessed to committing the carjacking.

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