TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Two teenagers could be looking at long prison terms after being convicted in a series of armed candy stick-ups in Tacoma last Halloween.
The News Tribune reports that a Pierce County jury convicted 18-year-old Zyion Houston-Sconiers and 17-year-old Treson Roberts of armed robbery and other charges Friday.
Prosecutors said they were among a group of teens who used a .22-caliber gun to rob four groups of trick-or-treaters. The robberies netted candy, a devil mask and a cellphone.
They could face decades in prison when they're sentenced next month, but defense attorneys are likely to argue that some of the counts should be merged under the legal theory of "same criminal conduct," which might result in shorter sentences.
The defendants denied wrongdoing, and their lawyers argued a police search that collected evidence used against them was unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge John Hickman allowed the evidence into the trial.