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Federal jury convicts two of robbery

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A U.S. District Court jury has convicted two men of robbing the Spenard Motel. Another man was acquitted.

Timothy E. Beckett, 22, was convicted Monday on 10 counts, including two counts of robbing the motel, one count of attempted robbery, three counts of brandishing a gun and three counts of giving a gun to another person to commit a crime.

Raymond Thiele, 22, was convicted of conspiring to commit robbery, robbery and brandishing a handgun. He was acquitted of two other charges.

Daniel Troxel, 19, was acquitted of the three charges.

The defendants were described as members of a gang called Good Boys Trece Sorenos. Federal prosecutors said the men committed the crimes in January 2001, but had planned them weeks earlier.

Beckett faces a mandatory 57 years in prison for three counts of brandishing a gun, said assistant U.S. attorney Dan Cooper.

Thiele faces a mandatory seven years and a $250,000 fine for the gun brandishing charge, Cooper said.

Sentencing was set for July.



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