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8 convicted over Paris heists by robbers in disguise and drag at Harry Winston jewelry shop

FILE - This Friday Dec. 5, 2008 file photo shows the entrance of the Harry Winston jewelry store near the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Eight people have been convicted in connection with a spectacular 2008 holdup at a Harry Winston jewelry shop in Paris, in which three cross-dressing gunmen stole about $92 million in loot, a defense lawyer said Saturday Feb. 28, 2015. In the robbery, the gunmen wore silky wigs, skirts, stockings and high heels, and took less than 20 minutes to steal hundreds of jewelry pieces and watches. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, file)

FILE - This Friday Dec. 5, 2008 file photo shows the entrance of the Harry Winston jewelry store near the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Eight people have been convicted in connection with a spectacular 2008 holdup at a Harry Winston jewelry shop in Paris, in which three cross-dressing gunmen stole about $92 million in loot, a defense lawyer said Saturday Feb. 28, 2015. In the robbery, the gunmen wore silky wigs, skirts, stockings and high heels, and took less than 20 minutes to steal hundreds of jewelry pieces and watches. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, file)  (The Associated Press)

A defense lawyer says eight people have been convicted in connection with a spectacular 2008 holdup at a Harry Winston jewelry shop in Paris in which three cross-dressing gunmen stole some $92 million in loot.

Lawyer Philippe Stepniewski said Saturday that sentences ranged from nine months to 15 years in prison — with the heaviest penalty handed to Douadi Yahiaoui, a 50-year-old repeat offender and alleged ringleader.

In the robbery, the gunmen wore silky wigs and skirts and took less than 20 minutes to steal hundreds of jewelry pieces and watches.

The eight were convicted late Friday on charges including armed robbery over the heist and another a year earlier at the same store. That time, the thieves dressed as building painters.

Many of the jewels have not been found.