Two men were found guilty and one man was exonerated in the trial of three men accused of robbing a Canyon Country Bank of America branch in September 2012.
Phillip Ely, of Los Angeles, was found not guilty of all charges. Terion Collins and Lavelle Mosely were found guilty for all five counts pertaining to the takeover robbery on Soledad Canyon Road.
9-12-2012: Crowd gathers in South L.A. as Canyon Country bank robbery suspects are apprehended following a chase.
All three men had been in custody in lieu of more than $1 million bail since their arrests shortly after the crime in September 2012.
The verdict was was read Friday afternoon, said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office.
Ely was released from custody immediately, Santiago said. Mosely and Collins are due back in court Feb. 26 in Dept. C for sentencing.
The jury received instructions Tuesday, and then began deliberations.
Ely, 30, Mosley, 23, and Collins, 26, were accused of seven counts related to the September 2012 incident.
There were also allegations the crime was used as part of gang activity for the Rollin 40s Crips gang.
Judge David Gelfound found back in March that there was enough evidence linking the suspects to the Canyon Country robbery to prompt the accused to stand trial.
The gang allegation was alleged in the bank robbery charges, after 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 Mosley is facing at least 20-plus years, said Moira Curry, the deputy district attorney prosecuting the case.
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.