A young Buffalo man who joined in on the robbery and assault of a pizza delivery man was sentenced in Erie County Court to five years in prison.
Elijah Hall, 21, previously pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping for the crime, which he committed while on probation for an earlier offense.
Assistant District Attorney Alicia M. Lilley said Hall was the only person identified of the five people the victim said were involved. Lilley said that the attackers ordered pizza and hot wings, and when the delivery man arrived at the address, Hall met him outside with at least one other person.
The victim was struck with a pistol and taken to the basement of an abandoned house next door, where he was struck several more times and tied up. Besides stealing the food, the attackers also took cash and a credit card from the victim before taking off in his car.
Lilley said the delivery man was traumatized by the experience and took time off but is now back at work.
Hall had two prior convictions as a youthful offender, including one for robbery. In sentencing him, Judge Sheila A. DiTullio said, "Unfortunately you have shown you should not be out on the streets. You're dangerous and you're violent."
In addition to the five years, Hall was ordered to two years post-release supervision when he gets out of prison.