One of the men charged with the brutal murder of Brooklyn cafe owner Joshua Rubin on Halloween in 2011 has been sentenced to federal prison.
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Michael Mazur, 27, was sentenced to 18 years for his participation in the planned robbery and murder of Rubin, who had been murdered 10 years earlier by ingesting more than a pound of marijuana.
Mazur, along with 28-year-old Kevin Taylor and 38-year-old Gary Robles, hatched a plan to lure Rubin into his McDonald Avenue apartment in Brooklyn under the guise of buying marijuana. Robles agreed to bring a shotgun, while Mazur stood outside as a manhunt.
When Rubin entered the apartment, Taylor and Robles demanded that he hand over the marijuana. When he refused, Robles shot and killed Rubin.
The trio proceeded to stuff Rubin’s body in the trunk of the car. They went to rural Pennsylvania, where they dumped his body in a garbage can, doused it with a fire accelerator, and set the body on fire. Then they went back to New York on the morning of November 1.
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Prosecutors said all three could have saved Rubin’s life if he had sought medical help instead of trying to hide the crime.
Rubin’s charred body was found the next day in a wooded area near Allentown, but matters remained cold for years. Authorities said the three were arrested in 2020, after Taylor paid money to prevent a potential witness from sniping at him.
More than 230 pounds of marijuana and about $200,000 were found in Mazur’s home at the time of his arrest.
In September, Mazur confessed to the crime of robbery. Taylor and Robles pleaded guilty to one count each of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery in Manhattan federal court, also requesting one count of witness tampering for Taylor’s murder.
“Thanks to our law enforcement partners and the special agents in my office, Mazur will now serve a long prison sentence for his heinous crime,” US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement on Monday.
Taylor and Robles are to be sentenced on January 3. Both face up to 20 years in prison.