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Jurors convict man in Valley Stream home invasion

Nassau jurors convicted a Jamaica man for his role in a home invasion in Valley Stream in January 2012 in which suspects tied up six members of a family at gunpoint but were foiled when Nassau officers burst in and engaged the suspects in a firefight.

Levy Robinson, 46, of Jamaica, was found guilty of several counts each of first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors said Robinson and Timothy Capers, 36, of Jamaica conspired with Varinder Singh, 25, of North Valley Stream, who is a relative of the victims, to rob the home on Jan. 16, 2012.

Officer Juan Giron of the Nassau County Police Department, responded to the scene after a family member called 911, and barged into the home, releasing the family. But during the ensuing firefight with suspects, Capers shot himself and died.

Robinson was arrested.

Singh, who an investigation revealed was the mastermind of the crime, never entered the home. He was convicted of robbery and burglary in July and is serving a 7-year sentence.

"Thanks to the bravery of the police officers who entered the house that night, the family that Mr. Robinson terrorized was rescued without suffering serious injury," said Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice. "Today's verdict ensures that this defendant will be held accountable for his crimes which, if not for the quick thinking of the police officers involved, could have ended in tragedy for the family targeted on that night."

Giron and Officers George C. Pribyl and Timothy Siar were awarded medals of valor for their actions that day. Giron has since been promoted to detective.

Robinson's attorney, William Shanahan of Mineola, said he plans to appeal the verdict, adding that his client played a small role in the crime.

"There were a number of issues that came up during the course of the trial," he said. "We feel the case will be reversed. . . . We're hoping the judge has some mercy on him since he was the least involved."

Robinson faces up to 25 years in prison on the first-degree robbery charge. He is due back in court for sentencing by Nassau County Court Judge David Sullivan on May 5.

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