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Crime adds 7 years to sentence

If convicted murderer Thomas VanEvery ever gets out of prison in Canada, he will spend another seven years behind bars in the United States.

VanEvery, 35, was given that sentence Wednesday by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia for shooting a man in a Buffalo tavern six years ago.

VanEvery, who has been jailed since his capture in Montreal days after the killing of a man in Hamilton, Ont., did not speak during a brief Buffalo sentencing.

He was sentenced in 2009 to 16 years to life in prison for the Canadian crime. Prosecutors Brian P. McNamara and Lauren Nash said the Buscaglia sentence would add seven years to his total sentence.

On Oct. 13, VanEvery, a former Hawley Street resident, pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge for shooting Michael A. Suth, now 46, during an argument April 10, 2005, in the Skyway Tavern at 1473 Niagara St.

VanEvery was captured in Montreal on Jan. 31, 2006, six days after he fatally shot Lawrence "Sonny" Butler, 29, inside Butler's Hamilton, Ont., home.

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said VanEvery, who has used several criminal aliases during a long history of violent crimes in the Buffalo area, was captured by Quebec Provincial Police in a Montreal drug house where he had been hiding out after the Hamilton shooting.

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