A jury Tuesday convicted three men of robbing a man as he left an East Side liquor store and then leading police on a 100-mph chase on the Kensington Expressway.
Jurors in State Supreme Court convicted Mark Thompson, 35, of Keystone Street; Derrick Person, 29, of Bailey Avenue; and Carl Evans, 31, of Lyndale Avenue, Town of Tonawanda, of first-degree robbery in the March 2 holdup outside the East Ferry Street store.
Person pointed the rifle at the victim as Thompson took his jacket, cellphone, two gold chains, $100 and a bottle of liquor, Erie County prosecutors said.
The robbers fled in a sport utility vehicle driven by Evans. Police got a description of the getaway vehicle and pursued it on the Kensington until it exited at Jefferson Avenue. The robbers abandoned it on Orange Street, where they fled on foot and were arrested, Assistant District Attorneys John Feroleto and Diane Meldrim said.
The rifle was found along the Kensington. Feroleto said Person’s DNA was found on the rifle. The gold chains were found on Thompson, and the other items were found in the SUV.
Justice Russell P. Buscaglia will sentence the defendants Feb. 26.
Thompson, a persistent violent felony offender, faces a maximum prison sentence of 25 years to life, while Person and Evans face up to 25 years. The three defendants were ordered held without bail.