DA: Michael Lane convicted of two gunpoint robberies

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A Nassau County jury has convicted a Uniondale man on robbery charges after prosecutors said he held up two men at gunpoint within 15 minutes.

It took a jury about an hour Monday to convict Michael Lane, 20, of two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree robbery, and two counts of third-degree robbery. He faces up to 25 years in prison when Judge Alan Honorof sentences him June 27.

Lane's lawyer, Valerie Hawkins, of Hempstead, could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Lane, who was with a group of other men at the time, confronted his first victim as he was walking to his Uniondale home about 9:35 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2010. Lane produced a black handgun and told him to hand over his wallet, prosecutors said. When he did, the men fled, prosecutors said.

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Fifteen minutes later, a second man was walking near the corner of Henry and Armond streets in Uniondale when a group of men, including Lane, surrounded him, prosecutors said. Again, Lane produced a black handgun, demanded the man's wallet, and the group fled.

Lane was arrested by First Precinct officers on Nov. 9, 2010.

After a weeklong 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 fourth-degree tampering with a witness on April 22 after prosecutors said he approached 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," Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement. "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."

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