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Buffalo man sentenced in bank robberies

LOCKPORT – Ronald McClendon II, 27, of Potomac Avenue, Buffalo, has been sentenced to five years in prison for three bank robberies in 2013.

Wednesday, McClendon received a concurrent sentence of 1½ to three years from Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon for an Aug. 6, 2013 robbery at a Bank of America branch on Military Road in Niagara Falls.

However, McClendon had been sentenced to five years April 29 by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny for heists July 5 and 24, 2013, at M&T Bank branches in Buffalo. The first robbery was on Hertel Avenue and the second on Elmwood Avenue.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said McClendon actually drove the getaway car for female robber Adlyn Marie Echevarria Robles, who passed notes to tellers at the Buffalo banks, saying she had a bomb. Robles is serving two years in prison.

In the Falls case, another man actually went into the bank but allegedly told the teller he was being forced to commit the crime.