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Ashville man given prison term for a violent Jamestown home invasion

Robert W. Ellsworth, 23, of Ashville, was ordered Monday by State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek to serve a 3½-year state prison term on his plea to second-degree robbery for a violent home invasion on Pershing Avenue in Jamestown early on April 10, 2015. Wojtaszek also ordered three years of post-prison-release supervision.

Acting Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson said Ellsworth and two other masked bandits broke into the home about 1:30 that morning and assaulted the owner who confronted them. The three were armed with a machete and a billy club. They also had stolen a safe, clothing, cash, jewelry and coins. Swanson said Ellsworth was arrested late on the day of the incident.

He pleaded guilty while waiting trial on first-degree robbery and burglary charges in the case.

Also Monday before the state judge, sitting in Mayville:

• Jason A. Gallo, 42, of Jamestown, was ordered to serve a two to six year state prison term on his guilty plea to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon linked to his arrest by Jamestown police about a year ago.

• William C. Baker, 28, of Fredonia, was ordered by Wojtaszek to serve a two-year prison term and then submit to one-year of post-release supervision on his guilty plea to third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine for the lab that was closed with a raid on his home a year ago.