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20-YEAR-OLD GETS 6 TO 12 YEARS FOR ROLE IN ROBBERY-ABDUCTION

Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico sentenced Bryan K. Colon to six to 12 years in prison Friday for his involvement in a robbery-abduction during which shots were fired at city police.

"You have been hanging around with the wrong crowd for too long. You don't hang around with guys who carry guns and shoot at cops," said D'Amico, responding to a comment from the defendant that his involvement in the incident was the result of "peer pressure."

Colon, 20, of Virginia Street, had pleaded guilty May 12 to first-degree robbery in connection with the gunpoint abduction of a West Side drug dealer in January.

Two other defendants in the case already are serving lengthy prison terms.

Jay F. Neal, 19, of Monroe Street, was sentenced to 12 1/2 to 25 years after he pleaded guilty to shooting at Inspector Philip A. Ramunno, chief of detectives, and Capt. Joseph Riga, chief of the Homicide Bureau.

Allen R. Vance, 23, of Woltz Avenue, was sentenced to 10 years for attempted robbery.

Ramunno and Riga reported they were riding in an unmarked police car and waiting for a traffic light to change at Connecticut and 16th streets when they saw Colon, Neal and Vance force a drug dealer into the back seat of their car.

They said they radioed for backup and followed the car, but were spotted as they turned onto Lowell Place from Vermont Street. At that point, someone in the car fired a shot at the officers' car, missing them but hitting the picture window of an occupied house on Vermont.

Riga and Ramunno did not return fire but called for more assistance and several patrol cars responded.

The three suspects were apprehended during a foot chase after they abandoned their car on Lexington Avenue near Delaware.

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