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Two men admit robbing McDonald's

Two Buffalo men, arrested moments after they staged an armed robbery and took more than $2,900 from the McDonald's at 2058 Elmwood Ave. last May 14, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony robbery charges.

Anthony Jackson and Lyle Williams -- who both had worked at that McDonald's along with slain high school student Bobby L. Hayes -- were allowed to remain free on bail by Erie County Judge Timothy J. Drur, over the strenuous objections of prosecutor John G. Schoemick.

Schoemick stressed that Jackson, 22, had been planning to join Hayes in robbing a different McDonald's on Jan. 28, 2004, the morning the 17-year-old Hayes was abducted and killed after ransom demands were rejected.

Drury told Jackson, of Niagara Street, to surrender Friday after he clears up family business.

Drury allowed Williams, also 22, of Hertel Avenue, to surrender Tuesday after visiting with relatives coming here from out-of-state over the weekend.

The prosecutor had demanded that both confessed robbers, each free on $15,000 bail, be immediately jailed because both face prison terms of at least seven years at their sentencing June 7.

After the plea proceeding, Schoemick confirmed that Jackson admitted to authorities that he and Hayes had planned to rob a different McDonald's the morning Hayes was abducted on Arkansas Street and killed by Joseph Jackson -- no relation to Anthony Jackson -- and Kentrel Jeffries.

Schoemick said all the loot stolen during the stickup was quickly recovered because Officer Terry Supples arrested both as they ran into a parking lot behind the McDonald's while Supples was there searching for a purse-snatching suspect.

Early last year, Joseph Jackson and Kentrel S. Jeffries both got 20-year prison terms on their manslaughter pleas for the fatal abduction of Hayes, whose body was dumped in a snowbank in Mason Alley between Auburn Avenue and Breckenridge Street after their ransom bid failed.

Police have never captured an accomplice of Joseph Jackson and Jeffries who reportedly helped them kill Hayes.


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