Jury deliberations begin in trial of ‘Sarah Lawrence’s dorm dad’ Larry Ray
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury has begun to deliberate the fate of a man accused of exploiting college friends of his daughter for free work and millions of dollars after convincing them they had poisoned.
The Manhattan federal court jury began Tuesday to weigh evidence of racketeering, sex trafficking, conspiracy, forced labor and other charges against Lawrence Ray. The jury returned home after deliberating for less than an hour.
Ray, known as “Larry”, could face life in prison if convicted. Closing arguments concluded on Tuesday before Judge Lewis J. Liman instructed jurors on the law they must follow during deliberations.
A prosecutor said Ray bragged about ruining the career of a former New York police commissioner. The prosecutor described Ray as a con man who tricked his daughter’s college friends into doing his bidding and providing him with millions of dollars.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Bracewell on Monday urged jurors in Manhattan federal court to convict Lawrence Ray on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, forced labor, sex trafficking and obstruction of justice.
Ray’s lawyer, Marne Lenox, countered in closing arguments of a month-long trial that Ray was a victim of the young people he lived with who made him feel paranoid and attacked.
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