Landlord Convicted

New York City landlord convicted of hiring hit men to beat tenants of rent-controlled apartment

A New York landlord has been found guilty of hiring hit men to force two brothers out of their rent-controlled apartment so he could more than triple the rent. The landlord was found guilty yesterday of first-degree attempted murder and assault, conspiracy and burglary. Prosecutors said he wanted to oust the two from their three-bedroom apartment in Queens so he could raise the rent from 400 dollars a-month to 15-hundred dollars. They say he hired two tenants of the building to attack the men. The brothers survived but suffered disfiguring injuries. The landlord's attorney argued he hired the men to scare the brothers, not to hurt them. He's to be sentenced in January.