A federal jury took only five hours Wednesday to convict a Queens man of the brutal robbery of a Far Rockaway jewelry store, according to officials.
Darius Lowery, 23, was accused during the three-day trial in federal court in Central Islip of being a member of a robbery crew that in November 2009 held up the Gold Fashion Jewelry store in Far Rockaway and took more than $100,000 in jewelry.
Federal prosecutor Lara Treinis Gatz played a store surveillance video during the trial that she said showed Lowery, of Jamaica, pointing a gun at and beating the 75-year-old father of the store owner.
Lowery's attorney, Anthony La Pinta, said that the person in the video was not his client.
According to court records, Lowery took part in the jewelry robbery a few weeks after he was released from state prison for robbing a Queens fish market.
Lowery faces 20 years in prison.
Next month, Lowery is scheduled to have a hearing in state court in Queens on charges that he attempted to kill a police officer in a separate case three months after the jewelry store robbery, according to Kevin Ryan, a spokesman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
In that case, Queens prosecutors said Lowery opened fire on two police officers in a marked police car who attempted to stop him after the gunpoint robbery of a woman on South Ozone Park street.
Prosecutors said Lowery was a member of crew that not only robbed the jewelry store, but also the Wyandanch post office and six banks on Long Island and in Queens. In the federal case, Lowery was only charged with the jewelry store robbery.