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Jury Takes 90 Minutes to Find Troy White Guilty of Prothero

A man described as “the driving force” behind a jewelry store heist that left an off-duty police officer dead was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder.A Baltimore County jury deliberated just 90 minutes before convicting Troy White, 25, of murder and several other charges in the death of Baltimore County police officer Bruce Prothero.White’s conviction was the second for the four men accused of robbing a Pikesville jeweler last February. Donald Antonio White, 19, was found guilty of murder last month. The two men, who are not related, face life in prison without parole.Two others, including the alleged shooter, still face trial.Troy White also was convicted of two charges of armed robbery and one charge of first-degree assault.He sat silently and showed little emotion as the verdict was read.White was one of four armed men investigators said burst into J. Brown Jewelers, smashing display cases and making off with watches and other items.Prothero, 35, working as a security guard, was shot as he chased after the fleeing men. He was the father of five young children, including triplets.While prosecutors did not believe Troy White was the triggerman in the shooting, they argued his part in the planning and execution of the robbery made him just as responsible as the man who fired the fatal shots.Assistant State’s Attorney Stephen Bailey pointed to White’s efforts to recruit Donald White to participate in the robbery and his purchase of two getaway cars and a mallet to smash jewelry cases. He also scouted out the store in the days leading up to the crime, Bailey said in closing statements yesterday.Mark Van Bavel, Troy White’s attorney, argued his client’s responsibility in the shooting ended before the crime took place.The trial of the alleged triggerman, Richard Moore, has been moved to Harford County. His brother, Wesley Moore, is scheduled to go on trial in January.