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May 7, 2013

Jury Convicts Uniondale Man of Robbing Two Victims at Gunpoint in Separate Incidents 15 Minutes Apart

Lane faces up to 25 years in prison

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Uniondale man has been convicted of multiple robbery charges after he robbed two separate men at gunpoint in separate incidents approximately 15 minutes apart in October 2010.

It took a jury about an hour to convict Michael Lane, 20, of two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, and two counts of Robbery in the Third Degree yesterday. He faces up to 25 years in prison at his June 27 sentencing.

Rice said that at approximately 9:35 p.m. on October 31, 2010, a male victim was walking to his home in Uniondale when he was confronted by a group of men on the corner of Hempstead Boulevard and Emerson Street. One of those men was Michael Lane, who produced a black handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim handed over his wallet and the group of men fled from the location.

Fifteen minutes later, a second male victim was walking near the corner of Henry and Armond Streets in Uniondale when he was surrounded by a group of men, including Lane. Lane again produced a black handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet. The group fled once the victim handed over his wallet. Lane was arrested by officers of the Nassau County Police Department’s First Precinct on November 9, 2010.

After a week-long trial, the jury rejected the defense’s claims that Lane was not present at the time of the robberies and was instead watching television at a friend’s house. Lane was additionally charged with Tampering With a Witness in the Fourth Degree on April 22, 2013 for approaching one of the victim’s homes with a group of men and intimidating him. That case is pending.

“Pulling a gun on unarmed victims with a group of friends there to back him up proves that Michael Lane is little more than a coward,” Rice said. “Furthermore, I take very seriously any attempt to undermine the criminal justice process by tampering with witnesses or evidence, and we will aggressively prosecute this defendant for this latest offense.”  

Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Abensur of the County Court Trial Bureau is prosecuting the case. Lane is represented by Valerie Hawkins, Esq.