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The jury in the case of three men accused of robbing a Canyon Country Bank of America in fall 2012, which also also been called the flying cash pursuit, is in its second day of deliberation, according to court officials.
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Phillip Ely, 30, Lavelle Mosley, 23, and Terion Lamarr Collins, 26, all three alleged members of the Rollin 40s Crips gang, are accused of seven counts related to the September 2012 incident.
“I would imagine they’re still looking at a mountain of exhibits,” said Moira Curry, deputy district attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Jurors also requested a laptop computer so they could watch video evidence, said Curry, who’s prosecuting the case.
The jury is deliberating on charges of second degree robbery, kidnapping to commit another crime, unlawfully taking a vehicle and evading an officer against traffic, according to a criminal complaint.
The three men allegedly entered a Bank of America on Soledad Canyon Road around 10 a.m., armed and with their faces covered, jumped over the bank’s teller counter and demanded money from the frightened tellers, according to court documents.
The three men then allegedly changed vehicles, ditching a car behind a retail clothing store in the same strip mall, and led Sheriff’s Department deputies on a chase to downtown Los Angeles.
The hourlong chase ended when the suspects were trapped by traffic on a busy residential street by cars and throngs of people who ran to scoop up cash thrown out the fleeing vehicle, according to evidence presented during the trial.
Judge David Gelfound found back in March that there was enough evidence linking the suspects to the Canyon Country robbery to prompt the defendants to stand trial.
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A gang allegation is alleged in the bank robbery, as a longtime LAPD officer testified at a preliminary hearing, alleging the three suspects were tied to the Rolling 40s Crips.
Even without the special allegation though, due to their past records, Collins is facing a maximum of 42 years, and Ely and Mosley are facing at least 20-plus years, Curry said.
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Collins was arrested for the Santa Clarita robbery while he was still on probation for his last offense, according to court documents.
In a previous case against Collins in which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation, Collins entered United Commercial Bank in Rosemead on March 5, 2010, with two other men, jumped over the counter and demanded money from the frightened teller.
Earlier this year, Mosley was charged with possession of rock cocaine with intent to sell, in furtherance of a criminal street gang. He received probation and was sentenced to drug rehabilitation.
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Source: Santa Clarita News