DA: Duo convicted in violent Uniondale home invasion
Two Queens men were convicted Friday in Nassau court on multiple charges relating to their violent invasion of a Uniondale home in 2011, prosecutors said.
"The willingness of these defendants to invade someone else's home and commit violence without hesitation is shocking," District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement.
Both men face up to 25 years in prison at their upcoming sentencing, Rice said.
The victims of the home invasion -- a male resident and a female friend -- were in an upstairs bedroom on Liberty Street on Dec. 27 about 10:25 p.m. when they heard two men downstairs, Rice said. The male went downstairs and saw one of the men, and then ran back upstairs, telling his sister over the phone to call 911 while he attempted to hold the door to the bedroom closed.
Robinson and Jerry, armed with handguns, forced their way into the bedroom, demanded money and struck the man in the head with one of the weapons, Rice said. A cut to the victim's head required 10 staples to close, the district attorney said.
The two men left with $1,100 in cash and a cellphone, Rice said, but responding Nassau police captured them a short time later.
"People should be able to feel safe inside their own homes and not have to worry that violent criminals like these defendants will break down their doors," Rice said.
Attorney Andrew Monteleone, Robinson's lawyer, said his client and Jerry maintained their innocence throughout the trial.
"He still maintains his innocence, and we will be appealing this case shortly," Monteleone said of Robinson.