Convictions in a “Hollywood movie”, like a robbery at the aqueduct

A federal jury in Brooklyn, NY, on October 21 convicted a man of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with the theft of more than $280,000 in cash from Aqueduct Racecourse after a day of racing more than two years ago, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

The convicted individual, Lafayette Morrison, has been charged with working with Lamel Miller to steal funds that were transported to the vault following the day’s races on March 7, 2020, the date of the Gotham Stakes (G3 ).

Morrison and Miller were also convicted of brandishing a firearm and Morrison of obstruction of justice, according to the statement. Miller pleaded guilty to the theft in September.

Morrison, who was employed as a racetrack security guard, posed as a victim as Miller and another co-conspirator confronted a group of employees at gunpoint after hiding in a stairwell, the Justice Department statement said.

“Their armed robbery of Aqueduct Racetrack played out like a Hollywood movie heist, but with a bad ending for the defendants who now face lengthy prison sentences,” said Breon Peace, states attorney States for the Eastern District of New York.

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Proceeds from the theft were split between Miller, a co-conspirator, and Morrison, according to the Justice Department.

When convicted, Miller and Morrison face minimum sentences of seven years in prison, up to life imprisonment.

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