A federal jury has found a 26-year-old Omaha man guilty of robbery.
U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says Emmanuel Chaplain has been found guilty of seven counts of robbery, and three counts of carrying a firearm during three of the robberies.
District Judge Laurie Smith Camp presided over the trial which began March 14th in federal district court. A sentencing hearing has been set for June 20th. Sentences could range from 10 to 25 years on each of the various counts.
Chaplain along with Shane Seizys began a series of robberies on June 19th of 2014, first robbing a couple of Jiffy Lubes in Omaha, then robbing a Subway. Later, the two robbed an auto parts store and a convenience store. In July, the two along with a third man robbed a store and a fast-food restaurant.
DNA tests on a bandana found in a car after the convenience store robbery in June led to the arrest of Chaplain.
After the robberies in July, witnesses gave descriptions of three people involved in the store and fast-food restaurant robberies. Police arrested Seizys and Dilang Dat. Chaplain fled from police, but was caught shortly thereafter.
Seizys and Dat pleaded guilty. They will be sentenced in June. Chaplain opted for a jury trial.
The Omaha Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.