- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Two brothers have been convicted of being part of a long-running western New York drug operation linked to the murder of a relative and another man.

A federal jury in Rochester found the brothers and their mother, Janine Plaza-Pierce, guilty Thursday of drug conspiracy, but a judge Friday set aside the conviction against the mother.

The two brothers also were found guilty of murder.

Federal prosecutors say brothers James Kendrick and Pablo Plaza ran a violent drug business in Rochester between 1993 and 2011, beating and killing workers they deemed disloyal.

Kendrick was found guilty of the murders of two men in 1998 and 1999, including a cousin who prosecutors say was dismembered.

Plaza was convicted of one of the murders.

Kendrick and Plaza face sentences of life in prison.

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