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A man who was convicted of selling heroin was sentenced Friday to 12 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Adalberto Cruz, 28, of Puerto Rico, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who han…

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A Cheektowaga man convicted of attempted assault was sentenced to two to four years in prison by State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. In March 2016, Jonathan Williams was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend after he struck her in the face with a crowbar, the District Attorney's Office sai…

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A Mexican national who was deported then convicted of illegally re-entering the United States after a conviction for an aggravated felony, was sentenced to one-year time served by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara Armando Navarrete-Dominguez, 29, was taken into police custody Feb. 15, 2017, following a traffic stop on Grand Island, according to the U.S. Attorney's o…

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A Buffalo man is headed to prison for more than five years because he refused to testify in a murder trial after initially providing key evidence to authorities. And the U.S. Attorney's Office hopes the sentence sends a message to other would-be witnesses. Jeffrey Mills, 47, had earlier been convicted of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he reneged on a pledge…

A Cheektowaga man convicted on drug charges was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail by Cheektowaga Town Judge Paul Piotrowski. Michael R. Richardson, 28, was arrested March 22 after Cheektowaga police executed a search warrant at his East Grand Boulevard residence and found drugs and drug paraphernalia. Richardson was charged with criminal possession of a controlled …

A Buffalo man convicted of having sex with a minor was sentenced Thursday to a maximum 35 years in prison, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. In May, a jury found Robert Healy, 37, guilty of three counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual act and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, the District Attorney'…

A Buffalo man was sentenced to 46 months in prison following his conviction on charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and being a felon in possession of ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Buffalo Police entered the Virginia Street home of Jose Dejesus, 35, on Nov. 10, 2016, and seized from a rear bedroom 16 envelopes containing heroin, …

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A Buffalo man has been sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for a hit-and-run car crash that left the driver of the car he struck seriously injured. Reginald Alls, 31, was handed the sentence Thursday by Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi. In October, Alls pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an incident resulting in serious physical injury. According to pro…

A Steuben County man convicted of making false statements to a federal agent after claiming he was the only person aboard a single-engine plane that crashed two years ago at the Perry-Warsaw Airport was sentenced to time served and a year of supervised release. Brian Woodhams, 40, of Wayland, held only a student pilot license when the crash occurred Oct. 31,  2015.   Un…

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A man who was convicted of mislabeling a box of snakes bound to Shanghai, China, from Amherst was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court, officials said. Chaoyi Le, 28, of Shanghai, who was convicted of  violating the Lacey Act against false labeling, was sentenced to time served and fined $5,000 by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., according to the U.S. A…

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A retired police detective in Boston, Mass., who was convicted of wire fraud, was sentenced to three months of home confinement followed by two years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office Friday. Daniel Rice, 53, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Judge William M. Skretny for his role in aiding and abetting Michael Wilson, 30, a former Hambur…

Two men have been convicted of participating in a ring that distributed heroin on Buffalo's West Side, federal prosecutors reported. Maikel Gonzalez, 20, and Luis Montanez, 37, were the most recent conspirators found guilty of charges. Of the 15 people indicted, all but one has since been convicted, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Gonzalez was sentenced for …

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A Jamestown man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison and 10 years supervised release following his conviction on charges of distributing child pornography According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Christopher Whitford, 46, on May 1, 2016, used a peer-to-peer file sharing program in which he shared files with an undercover law enforcement officer. On June 23, 2016, …

A Buffalo man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison following his conviction on drug conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court. Carlos Laboy, 45, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Astorga, who handled the case, said that between February 20…

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A West Seneca man will be spared jail time after pleading guilty to stealing from a social club while serving as its treasurer. Craig Hicks, 61, was sentenced Monday to a three-year conditional discharge and required to perform 250 hours of community service by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case. In June, Hicks pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny in the…