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Holdups co-defendant gets 3½ years in prison

A man who cooperated with prosecutors about holdups he committed with a friend in May 2014 has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for each of three counts of attempted robbery in the first degree.

Davante Thompson, 18, had pleaded guilty to the three charges and testified against his co-defendant, Jason Williams, also 18, during Williams’ trial in April. Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio sentenced Thompson on Monday.

Thompson and Williams had held up a prostitute on Grant Street on May 13, 2014, and then used her cellphone to call a taxi to a vacant house on Clay Street, where they were drinking. Once in the cab, they pulled guns and demanded money from the driver.

The driver handed over $5 but also grabbed Williams’ .22-caliber handgun and was shot once in the chest. The cab driver was critically wounded, but survived after undergoing extensive surgery.

Thompson also robbed the cabbie’s friend, and his guilty pleas covered the robberies of the women and the two men in the cab.

In April, a jury convicted Williams of four counts of first-degree robbery and one count of fourth-degree grand larceny for a vehicle theft that did not involve Thompson. In May, Judge Thomas P. Franczyk sentenced him to a total of 16 and one-third to 19 years in prison for the crime spree.