Leader of Hijacking and Robbery Crew Connected to Diamond District Convicted

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.