- Associated Press - Saturday, March 18, 2017

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Two men have been convicted for their roles in a crime spree in western New York.

Federal prosecutors announced Friday that 37-year-old Matthew Nix, of Rochester, and 35-year-old Earl McCoy, of Brooklyn were found guilty of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and use and brandishing of a firearm during a crime of violence.

Prosecutors said the defendants were the leaders of a group of criminals who in late 2014 engaged in a three-week spree of armed home invasions of individuals they thought were drug dealers. The group also hit the home of a jewelry wholesaler, making off with more than $200,000 worth of watches, diamonds, jewelry and cash.

The two men face a maximum of life in prison and a $3 million fine at sentencing in July.

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