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Amherst man gets 10 years for Jim’s Steakout stickup

Samuel M. Jones, 26, of Grover Cleveland Highway, Amherst, Monday was ordered to serve a ten-year state prison term by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case on his guilty plea to first-degree robbery for his latest stickup. Jones pleaded guilty last month to first-degree robbery for the gunpoint stickup at the Jim’s Steakout restaurant on Sheridan Drive in Amherst.

Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. lauded the work of the Amherst Police Detectives David Kubiak and Dan Quinlan for tracking down Jones. Flaherty said Jones displayed a gun and forced a worker at the restaurant to give him all the money in the business’s safe. While in jail in the case Jones allegedly contacted a girlfriend and told her about the robbery, Flaherty said.