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A Buffalo man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for his conviction on a heroin possession and distribution charge in U.S. District Court, officials said. Steven Martinez, 51,  was one of five people convicted in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Another man, Jeffrey Coleman, 47, was convicted earlier this month on the same charge as Martinez…

A Cattaraugus County man was sentenced on Monday to an indeterminate term of 5 to 15 years in state prison for his conviction in a fatal crash a year ago in Red House, according to the Cattaraugus County District Attorney's Office. Cyrus N. Spruce, 20, of Little Valley, had been convicted of second-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault for his role in the fatal c…

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A Delevan man Thursday was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation for striking and killing a road surveyor last July. Robert Sutherland, 22, also has his driver's license revoked for a minimum of one year by Erie County Court Judge Michael F. Pietruszka. In January, Sutherland pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter for the death of Sam Pagano, 22,…

A Niagara Falls woman will spend a year in jail following her conviction on filing false federal tax returns. LaTana McCain, 22, also was ordered to make restitution for the refunds she received in the scam. McCain was convicted Friday in U.S. District Court of conspiracy to defraud the government after being accused of fraudulently filing tax returns with the IRS fo…

A Buffalo man who brought a loaded handgun onto the grounds of the Baker Hall School in Lackawanna in January will spend 3 1/2 years in prison, in addition to five years post-release supervision. Devonte Ridgeway, 20, was sentenced Friday by Erie County Court Judge Michael Pietruszka. Ridgeway previously pleaded guilty to second degree criminal possession of a weapon…

A member of a West Side Buffalo gang Wednesday was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny. Oscar Romero, 37, of Buffalo was convicted of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. Romero was an associate of  the Loiza Boys, which has been distributing heroin and cocaine on Buffalo’s West Side since a…

The owner of a Buffalo-based debt-collection company who pleaded guilty last November to scamming thousands of victims across the country out of more than $31 million in payments was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court to serve 8 1/3 years in prison. Travell Thomas, the owner, chief executive officer and president of Four Star Resolution, was the mastermind be…

A Brampton, Ont., man linked to a conspiracy to smuggle more than $120 million worth of cocaine from the U.S. into Canada faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10 million fine. Harinder Dhaliwal, 47, of Brampton, Ont., pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to export 5 kilograms or more of cocaine into Canada from the U.S. Dhaliwal faces a minimum of 10 years in pri…

Two members of a West Side Buffalo street gang were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms following their convictions on distributing heroin. Raul Ramirez Vargas, 43, of Buffalo, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute a kilogram or more of heroin, was sentenced to 130 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Sk…

An Elba man was sentenced Friday to three years in prison, followed by 10 years of post-release supervision after pleading guilty to two counts of rape. Jonathan Reed, 23, admitted to raping two underage girls. Reed was convicted of similar conduct in Wyoming County and is currently serving a 30-month sentence, according to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn. …

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A  North Tonawanda man admitted duping an elderly woman out of more than $9,000, telling her he was investing her money. A Cheektowaga health care aide admitted stealing $41,590 from an 82-year-old woman who was in her care. And a Cheektowaga man admitted stealing $188,000 from an elderly neighbor, who thought she was writing checks for her household expenses. All…

A Buffalo man who was caught with hundreds of dollars in fake money was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison. Damaricus Worthy, 21, of Butler St.  was convicted on charges of attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument and unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. State police pulled Worthy  on the Kensington Expressway in December. Dur…

A Buffalo man was sentenced Wednesday in Erie County Court to six years in prison for selling heroin. Joell Brown pleaded guilty in September to two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, but his sentencing was adjourned to allow him time to recover from a gunshot wound, according to the Erie County District Attorney's office. Authorities said that on two…

A Buffalo man faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine following his guilty plea Thursday to drug charges. Julio Cesar Sanchez, 47, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and distributing cocaine, officials said. In March 2015, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency exe…

A Dunkirk man who was convicted on drug and weapon possession charges was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 8 years and 1 month in prison. David Jesus Pagan, 40, was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Pagan and co-defendant Rafael Burgos were the …