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Crips author is convicted of jewelry store robbery

September 11, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A Riverside County jury Monday found former Crips gang member Colton Simpson, who wrote a tell-all book about his life on the streets of Los Angeles, guilty of robbing a jewelry store, a decision that could send him to prison for life.

The jury convicted Simpson of planning the March 2003 heist at the then-Robinsons-May Co. in Temecula, driving the getaway car and leading police on a high-speed freeway chase. With 10 previous convictions for serious crimes, Simpson, 41, could face life behind bars when he is sentenced Sept. 28.

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