Lifetime sentence: Tuesday, 37-year-old Matthew Nix was sentenced to 155 years in prison and 36-year-old Earl McCoy was sentenced to 135 years in prison for a series of violent home invasions, including a high-profile case involving a Greece jeweler and his family.
The two men convicted in a series of home invasions in the Rochester area were sentenced to more than a century behind bars.
Tuesday, 37-year-old Matthew Nix was sentenced to 155 years in prison and 36-year-old Earl McCoy was sentenced to 135 years in prison.
Both were convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery; attempted Hobbs Act robbery, Hobbs Act robbery, carrying and brandishing firearms during crime of violence; narcotics conspiracy; carrying firearms during drug trafficking crime; and possessing firearms as convicted felon.
Prosecutors say the two were responsible for a number of home invasions in the Rochester area -- including one in Greece that made headlines for weeks.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, on October 7, 2014, Nix and McCoy along with two other suspects were involved in a home invasion at home of a jeweler on Polo Place in Greece. The suspect got away with $200,000 worth of jewelry, diamonds and cash.
The jeweler and his wife were threatened and suffered injuries after being pistol whipped, police said.
“There is a legal maxim which states that, ‘A man’s home is his castle,’” wrote Acting U.S. Attorney Kennedy in a release. “With today’s sentencings comes a corollary to that maxim, ‘If you violate the sanctity of the castle, then you will spend a long time in, if not the dungeon, federal prison.’ Thanks to the tremendous cooperative work done by our federal, state, and local partners, the citizens of Rochester and Monroe County, will hopefully rest a little easier knowing that these individuals won’t be around to break into their homes anytime soon.”
Clarence Lambert, another suspect in the robbery, pled guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison in the case.