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Gary man convicted in 2020 slayings of 2 teenage boys

March 4, 2022 GMT

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A Gary man has been convicted in the 2020 killings of two teenage boys found shot to death in a northwest Indiana home.

A Lake County jury found Alvino S. “Vino” Amaya, 37, guilty Thursday of two counts of murder and a firearm enhancement in the slayings of 18-year-old Elijah Robinson and his friend Maxwell Kroll, 17.

Prosecutors said the teens were slain execution-style on Oct. 16, 2020, in a residence near Griffith as Amaya was searching for a missing handgun, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Jacquelyn Altpeter told jurors in closing arguments that Robinson and Kroll were two kind, caring but very naive youths.

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“They were caught in a world that they should never have been a part of,” she said. “They were surrounded by firearms, drugs and dangerous people.”

Amaya was one of three people charged in the teens’ killings.

Elijah D. Robinson was facing a possible sentence of 150 years in prison before signing a plea agreement last year that called for him to testify against Amaya. If a judge accepts his plea to one felony count of residential entry, he will face a sentence of six months to 2 1/2 years.

Dawn M. Carden, 43, is also charged in the slayings. She has pleaded not guilty and her trial is scheduled to begin May 16, according to online court records.(backslash)