Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 | 5:05 p.m.
Two Phoenix men have been convicted of breaking into a home in North Las Vegas last summer while brandishing guns and threatening to kill a group of people inside, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden announced today.
Joseph Andrade, 19, and Julian Gaytan, 20, were convicted Friday afternoon by a federal jury. They are scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 19 and face up to 32 years in prison on the more serious charge, brandishing a firearm to commit a crime of violence. They also face up to $1 million in fines.
Accompanied by two others, Andrade and Gaytan drove from Phoenix to a home in North Las Vegas in May 2012 and asked someone inside to open the front door, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The group went inside brandishing guns and ordered seven people inside to get on the floor, threatening to kill them if they didn’t give up their money and valuables. A girl inside the home ran away after the assailants left and called police from a neighbor’s house.
Gaytan was arrested in Phoenix about six weeks following the robbery, and Duran, who fled the scene, has not yet been arrested and is a fugitive. The other two thieves were arrested outside the residence shortly after the robbery.