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2 robberies bring 18 years in prison

A Gibson Street man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for his role in the armed holdups of a convenience store and a restaurant on Bailey Avenue on April 29, 2007.

Henry Ford, 21, had pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to robbery charges.

"I'm not a street thug," Ford told the judge, who told Ford he had "dug a hole" for himself.

Ford and two accomplices robbed M&M foods, 2360 Bailey, at about 1:30 a.m. April 29, 2007, and about 90 minutes later robbed Mike's Steak Joint, 3355 Bailey, according to Deputy District Attorney Lawrence M. Schwegler.

Andre Jones, 29, also of Gibson Street, was sentenced in May to 25 years in prison by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang. He fired a handgun during the holdups.

The other accomplice, Lamont Jenkins, 33, of Olympic Avenue, faces sentencing soon on his guilty plea to robbery.

Originally, the three were charged with attempted murder as well as robbery because of the gunfire during the crimes.


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