By City News Service
Two men were convicted Friday of trying to rob a Beverly Hills restaurant at gunpoint before opening hours more than five years ago.
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated just over a day before finding Felton Bradford and Floyd Nelson, both 53, guilty of attempted robbery involving Lawry's The Prime Rib restaurant at 100 N. La Cienega Blvd. about 6 a.m. July 11, 2008.
Bradford also was convicted of 36 other counts, primarily involving a series of robberies and attempted robberies -- mostly before opening hours -- at businesses in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley between October 2007 and July 2008.
"These were extremely violent take-over robberies with the use of firearms," Deputy District Attorney Jack Garden said of the series of crimes.
Jurors acquitted Bradford of one count of assault with a firearm on a police officer.
Along with the attempted robbery, Nelson was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Nelson was shot by undercover police minutes after the attempted robbery in which a chef was approached at Lawry's at gunpoint and unsuccessfully ordered to open the safe.
Police said a gun had been pointed at the officers.
The two are facing lengthy prison terms, with sentencing set Nov. 7, according to the prosecutor.