Brooklyn federal judge hears home invasion robber’s guilty plea
A Brooklyn federal judge experienced in high-profile organized crime cases accepted a guilty plea on Wednesday for a robber, allegedly associated with Bonanno crime family members, who made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in a home invasion and multiple jewelry store heists.
Brooklyn’s federal court has a history of trying criminals engaged in organized crime, including — most recently — the arson case of Bonanno crime capo Vincent Asaro and John J. Gotti, the grandson of famed crime boss John Gotti.
After finding himself in an indictment with alleged Bonanno associates, Matthew Hattley, 27, pleaded guilty to robbing a Queens home of $50,000 in cash and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry. He also copped to making off with about $250,000 from a Long Island jewelry store and trying to rob two other shops.
“On March 12, 2014 … I robbed residential money in Queens, New York,” Hattley read off a paper in federal court. “Between Aug. 17, 2011 and May 5, 2012 … I agreed to commit robberies.”
Facing a maximum of life plus 20 years in prison with a $500,000 fine, Hattley possibly lowered his May 8 sentence to up to 13 1/2 years, according to prosecutors’ sentencing guidelines.
During the home invasion, Hattley tied up the homeowner’s girlfriend before stealing the cash and jewelry, including a Cartier ring from the woman’s finger.
“This office and its partners will continue to vigilantly pursue such organized violence and stop it in its tracks,” said Acting United States Attorney Bridget Rohde in a statement.
After Judge Allyne Ross accepted Hattley’s plea, he blew a kiss and mouthed, “I love you,” to two supporters in the court audience before being escorted in cuffs out of the courtroom.
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