Joseph Jackson was ordered Friday to spend 20 years in prison for his role in the fatal kidnapping of Buffalo high school student Bobby L. Hayes.
Jackson, 20, who has no permanent address, tried to withdraw his guilty pleas to charges of first-degree manslaughter and assault in the kidnapping and the stabbing an 18-year-old man on Rodney Street. He now claims he had blacked out on both occasions in January 2004.
In January, State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang had imposed an identical 20-year prison term on Kentrel S. Jeffries of Barton Street in the slaying of the 17-year-old youth and the street gang revenge stabbing on Rodney.
Jackson's efforts to withdraw his plea had delayed his sentencing by about three months.
Hayes was killed Jan. 28, 2004, six weeks after Jeffries had been released from jail in New York City where he had been serving an eight-month term for robbery, said Kenneth F. Case, the prosecutor.
The youth was abducted on Arkansas Street and killed after his family and friends rejected ransom demands. Hours after his abduction, police found his body in a snowbank in Mason Alley, between Auburn Avenue and Breckenridge Street.
According to police reports, Hayes had been stabbed repeatedly and his throat was slashed. An unidentified accomplice of Jackson and Jeffries remains at large.