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Delevan man sent to prison for murder

A Cattaraugus County man was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in prison for strangling his elderly neighbor during an apparent robbery, according to Lori P. Rieman, district attorney.

Melvin L. Stephenson, 43, of Delevan, who is now in Cattaraugus County Jail, was convicted on charges of second-degree murder as well as first-degree robbery and manslaughter in the death of Wilber Norton, 80, on Dec. 1, 2009, authorities reported.

Stephenson, who served time in Attica in 2010 for violating his parole in connection with a three-year prison term for a 2006 driving while intoxicated conviction, also was sentenced to two additional terms of 25 years to life on the other charges. All will be served concurrently.

Norton was found dead in his first-floor flat at the Terrace Apartments when a Meals on Wheels delivery person arrived there. The door to his apartment was found unlocked, according to reports.

An autopsy showed Morton was strangled and the victim of a homicide.

Rieman reported Monday that the incident occurred between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2009, when Stephenson robbed Norton of cash and killed him.

In other County Court sentencings:

Russell C. Geneovese, 22, of Hamburg, was sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison for a burglary conviction stemming from a May 2010 incident in the Town of Leon.

Russell A. Vaughn, 35, of Great Valley, was sentenced to four years in prison with three years' post-release supervision for engaging in two or more acts of sexual conduct with a child under 13 between January and June 2010. Vaughn was sentenced on a charge of course of sexual conduct against a child.

Anthony R. Calverly, 31, of Sardinia, was sentenced to four months of weekends in County Jail and five years' probation along with a $2,000 fine for felony DWI. He was also ordered to serve a concurrent term of three years' probation for aggravated unlicensed operation with a $500 fine and driver's license revocation for a May 2010 incident where he drove with a 0.16 percent blood-alcohol level.

e-mail: tpignataro@buffnews.com

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