A jury has found a Glen Cove man guilty of bludgeoning to death his childhood friend, hiding the body in a neighbor's backyard and pawning the dead man's jewelry, Nassau County prosecutors said.
Edward Brown, 47, was found guilty Thursday on all counts -- second-degree murder, fourth-degree grand larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property -- in the December 2012 slaying of Nunzio Izzo, 56, also of Glen Cove.
Brown faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. He is due to return to court July 16 before Judge Alan Honorof in Mineola.
According to prosecutors, Brown confessed to police and provided a map to find Izzo's body after it was discovered that bloody rings belonging to the victim were sold by Brown at a pawnshop in Suffolk County on Dec. 21, 2012.
The victim, who on Dec. 17 was last seen visiting someone at the same address where Brown lives, was found to have suffered multiple areas of blunt-force trauma, including four gaping, chopped wounds, consistent with the use of a weapon, to his head, the office of District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a news release.
In January 2013, Brown was arrested at his home on Madeline Place. Izzo's body was discovered in a backyard on Dosoris Way, about 1,500 feet from the home where Brown was living, authorities said.
Police said that the two men grew up together in Glen Cove and were longtime friends.
Brown's attorney, Steven Barnwell, of Mineola, said an appeal is likely. He said his client and the victim had a disagreement that turned into a physical confrontation.
"We felt it was manslaughter, and the jury, obviously, disagreed," Barnwell said.
Barnwell also said Brown was "extremely remorseful for his actions that day. And he wants the family to know that."