BROTHERS CONVICTED IN SERIES OF CRIMES.
Byline: Stacy Finz Daily News Staff Writer
Two brothers were convicted Wednesday of charges that they robbed and terrorized patients and employees in a doctor's office and shot at a police officer and security guard during a three-hour rampage in Van Nuys.
Lamonti Mitchell, 23, and Michael Mitchell Michael Mitchell is an indigenous former Australian rules footballer for the Claremont Football Club in the WAFL and the Richmond Football Club in the VFL/AFL. He achieved All-Australian selection in 1985 and 1986, while playing with Claremont. , 31, each were found guilty by a jury of 13 charges, including assault with a deadly weapon Assault with a Deadly Weapon is the term used to describe the act of threatening to harm one or more people by using a weapon (usually a firearm). Here, assault must be differentiated from battery as they are often confused. Assault is threatening to use force. , carjacking The criminal taking of a motor vehicle from its driver by force, violence, or intimidation.
The u.s. justice department categorizes the crime of carjacking as a "completed or attempted Robbery of a motor vehicle by a stranger and robbery.
The pair, both of South Central Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , now face a possible sentence of life in prison, said prosecutor Larry Morrison. They are scheduled to be sentenced later this month. Both have prior felony convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, according to according to
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Jurors deliberated a little more than a day before rendering a verdict. They heard two weeks of dramatic testimony about how in June 1995 the men pistol-whipped a doctor, beat a female physical therapist and threatened to kill a child wrapped in his mother's arms. Witnesses said the men robbed the office of several hundred dollars and jewelry from patients.
The men then led police and a private security guard on a chase through businesses and the community, which ended in a hail of gunfire, according to witnesses. Security guard Byron Reyes was wounded during the gunfight.
Lamonti Mitchell shook his head as each guilty verdict was read. When it came time to be handcuffed, Mitchell refused to cooperate, but the bailiffs quickly surrounded him and forced on the cuffs.
Michael Mitchell conceded his involvement in the crime spree but denied charges that he tried to kill Los Angeles police Officer Charles Wright Charles Wright is the name of:
Jurors apparently bought the argument and acquitted the brothers of attempted murder In the criminal law, attempted murder is committed when the defendant does an act that is more than merely preparatory to the commission of the crime of murder and, at the time of these acts, the person has a specific intention to kill. , convicting them of assault with a deadly weapon instead.
Earlier, a third defendant, Charles Knight Jr., pleaded guilty to attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and carjacking. He agreed to a 15-year prison term.