Man accused of killing 4 convicted in armed-robbery case

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Posted: Nov 17, 2015 6:49 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Seattle man accused of killing four people in two states in a fit of rage over the U.S. government's role in the Middle East was convicted on Tuesday of unrelated armed-robbery charges.

Ali Muhammad Brown was convicted of robbery and weapons offenses after a two-week trial, acting Essex County prosecutor Carolyn Murray said.

Brown emerged from the woods and stole a man's wallet at gunpoint in West Orange in July 2014, about two weeks after he killed a college student, prosecutors said.

He took the man's driver's license, credit cards, iPhone and other items and used his credit card at locations around northern New Jersey. He was arrested eight days later at a makeshift campsite in the woods near where the robbery occurred.

Except for two days of jury selection, Brown refused to leave his jail cell to be involved in his defense. The 30-year-old faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 20.

In other cases, Brown is charged with terrorism, murder and related offenses in the fatal shooting of University of Richmond student Brendan Tevlin at a traffic light in West Orange in June 2014. He also is charged with killing three men in Seattle.

Authorities said in court documents filed in Seattle that Brown described himself to detectives after his New Jersey arrest as a strict Muslim who was angry with the U.S. government's role in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan because of the deaths of innocent civilians and children.