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Buffalo man gets five-year term for robbing cab driver

A Buffalo man was sentenced to five years in prison Monday morning for robbing a cab driver, allegedly at gunpoint, in 2013,

Ramon Lopez, 19, of Woodward Avenue pleaded guilty in June in State Supreme Court to first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

“I just want to say to my family, my fiancee, hopefully when I come out I’ll become a better person,” Lopez told Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.

Wolfgang cited mitigating factors, including Lopez’s personal history – both of his parents are in custody on felony crimes – in giving Lopez the minimum sentences for his crimes. The victim in the case was not injured and Lopez always maintained that he did not use a gun during the robbery, said Lopez’s lawyer, Lori Hoffman.

Lopez admitted taking the cab driver’s wallet and cellphone Nov. 22 while displaying what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun, prosecutors said.

While Lopez was free from custody in the robbery case, he was arrested Feb. 11 after he was seen trespassing at an apartment complex. Police confronted him and found he had a 9 mm pistol, resulting in the criminal weapons charge.

Lopez will be sentenced to five years for each crime, and the sentences will run concurrently.

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