Two convicted, 1 acquitted in 'Rollin' 60s' gang trial

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Two men who were arrested as part of a Nassau police takedown last year of more than a dozen members of the "Rollin' 60s" gang were found guilty Wednesday of robbery charges, and another was acquitted, the district attorney's office said in a news release.

Kwame Lake, 22, of Hempstead was found guilty of second-degree robbery and Derick Hernandez, 22, of Roosevelt was found guilty of third-degree robbery, after a jury deliberated for 11/2 days, the release said. Kurtis Phillip, 22, of Uniondale, was acquitted of a first-degree robbery charge.

Lake and Hernandez, members of the Crips-affiliated gang, were charged last April as part after a yearlong collaboration between Nassau police, District Attorney Kathleen Rice's office and the FBI that saw 14 gang members and four of their associates arrested. Rice's office called it the largest gang bust in county history.

Prosecutors said Lake and Hernandez lured a local business owner to a residential street in Hempstead on Feb. 10, 2013 and took his wallet, identification, about $1,000 in cash and property worth over $2,000, the release said.

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Both Lake's attorney, Christopher Graziano of Mineola, and Hernandez's attorney, Joseph Lo Piccolo of Garden City, said they plan to appeal the guilty verdict. Phillip's attorney, Jeffrey Groder of Mineola, said he is gratified by the acquittal of his client.

"The only shame of it is that he spent 10 months in jail," Groder said.

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