A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his involvement in a robbery at an East Meadow gas station in May, 2010.
According to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Troy Motayne, 35, and another man, Marvin Gay, broke into a Toyota Tundra that was parked at the on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow. The owner of the vehicle was a courier for a management group, and he was inside the gas station collecting receipts.
When the victim ran outside to try and stop Motayne and Gay, Motayne allegedly displayed the handle of a black handgun in his waistband and threatened to shoot him. The courier followed Motayne and Gay around the back of the gas station, where a silver Cadillac, driven by Ainsley Reynolds, was waiting. The three men got away with approximately $194,000 from the courier's vehicle.
Motayne was arrested on June 6, 2010 after police were able to track him down from a partial license plate taken down by a witness and a subsequent investigation. Reynolds was arrested June 9, 2010 and Gay on June 29, 2010. Approximately $42,000 of the robbery’s proceeds has been recovered.
Motayne was convicted by a jury last June of first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, second-degree grand larceny, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal mischief and false personation.
"Today’s sentence ensures that a very violent criminal will be off of Nassau County streets for a very long time, and our communities are safer for it," Rice said. "I want to commend the expert work performed by members of my office and the Nassau County Police Department in solving this case."
Reynolds pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison on Feb. 7. Gay’s case is still pending.
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