The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that Hector Rivera was convicted yesterday on all counts after a one-week jury trial.
Rivera had been charged with being the leader of a robbery and extortion crew involved in robberies connected to the Diamond District in midtown Manhattan, including the planned hijacking of Federal Express tractor-trailer trucks and the robbery of a wholesale diamond business.
Rivera was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and three counts of Hobbs Act robbery or attempted robbery, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. He was also convicted of two counts of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
He is scheduled to be sentenced April 8th, 2010.