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Convictions handed down for two men accused of robbing Canyon Country bank

Posted: January 31, 2014 4:59 p.m.
Updated: January 31, 2014 4:59 p.m.

Sheriff's deputies talk to customers after a robbery occurred at the Bank of America on Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country on Sept. 12, 2012.

Two of the men accused of robbing a Bank of America in Canyon Country in 2012 were found guilty by a jury Friday, according to a spokesman from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Lavelle Mosley and Terion Lamarr Collins were found guilty of all the charges they faced, according to spokesman Ricardo Santiago.

They faced four counts each of second-degree robbery and one count each of kidnapping to commit another crime, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint also alleged street-gang membership and gun use against each defendant.

The two were determined to have robbed a Bank of America in Canyon Country on Sept. 12, 2012, where they threatened customers and tellers before fleeing with cash.

They then led a pursuit down freeways to Los Angeles, before they were captured after a lengthy chase.

The two were identified by prosecutors as members of the Rollin 40s Crips gang.

A third man, Phillip Ely, was acquitted on all charges, according to Santiago.

Ely was allegedly driving the car Collins and Mosley fled in after the robbery. While prosecutors said he was an accomplice, serving as the getaway driver, Ely’s lawyer argued in his opening statement in early January that Ely had been told he could receive $50 if he picked up someone near the bank on the morning of the robbery.

After Collins and Mosley jumped in the vehicle Ely had been given to carry out the errand, a Volvo SUV, Ely complied with their orders because he feared for his safety, his lawyer argued.
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