Associated Press, Published May 14 2011
Jury convicts woman of murder for role in pawn shop heistMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Hennepin County jury has convicted a woman of murder for her role in a pawn shop robbery two years ago that left a customer dead.
The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/mBlUV7) 58-year-old Rosalyn McDonald-Richards was found guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder on Saturday after a jury deliberated for about 12 hours.
McDonald-Richards only bowed her head when the verdict was read as attorney Philip Leavenworth gently patted her back to console her.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 19. A first-degree murder conviction carries a life sentence.
McDonald-Richards was charged along with two men in the shooting of 33-year-old Malcolm Cowens, a customer at Avi's Pawn and Jewelry store. Prosecutors say she scouted the pawn shop earlier in the day and drove the men away after the robbery.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com
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