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Friday, 08 June 2012 17:57

Trio in Armed Robbery Ring Convicted

A federal jury convicted Emmanuel Duran, 28, Raheem Brown, 24, and John Bowie, 23, of the armed robberies of pharmacies in Philadelphia between February and May 2010 and convicted Duran and Brown of robbing the A&G Auto Body at 2015 N. 19th Street in Philadelphia. All of the defendants were convicted of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, conspiracy to distribute the narcotics they sold, and related weapons offenses.

Duran and Brown were also convicted in the gunpoint robbery of an auto body shop in North Philadelphia in March 2010.

During the robbery of the auto body shop, prosecutors said Duran shot a customer in the leg with a .40-caliber, semiautomatic handgun when he didn’t hand over $1,000 fast enough. While Brown pointed a handgun at the customer, prosecutors said Duran took $250 from the shop’s owner.

Bowie and Duran were previously convicted of home invasion robberies and other offenses. As a result of those convictions and these, Bowie and Duran face a mandatory prison term of 207 years just for the weapon offenses, which would run consecutive to any prison term for the robbery counts. Brown faces a mandatory 107-year prison term for the weapon counts, which would run consecutive to any prison term for the robbery counts. Sentencing hearings are scheduled for October 16 and 17, 2012 before U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis.

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