By BREAKING NEWS BLOG
A man accused of planning a robbery and assault at a Sikh temple in Bakersfield was found guilty of two felonies Monday and faces up to five years in prison.
A jury convicted Nirmal Sehmbey of two conspiracy counts in the Feb. 20, 2011 attack against Manjit Singh, according to a District Attorney's office news release. Sehmbey is scheduled to be sentenced March 12.
The news release said Sehmbey paid a co-conspirator $1,000 to drive from Van Nuys to Bakersfield to assault and rob Manjit Singh after he arrived with his family at the temple on South P Street. The co-conspirator, Jorge Negrete, as well as another man, Jose Macias, took plea deals in exchange for their cooperation in the prosecution of Sehmbey.