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A Buffalo man with a history of drug dealing that included arrests in 1993 and 1997 was sentenced today to 6 1/2 to 13 years in prison.

Before County Judge Timothy J. Drury handed down the sentence, Robert Calloway, 29, of Lark Street, who was convicted July 12 of two counts each of criminal possession and sale of cocaine, promised to change his ways and become a "law-abiding citizen."

Drury, who could have sent Calloway to prison for 25 years because of the previous offenses, reminded Calloway that he had continued selling drugs after both arrests.

"You deserve to be taken out of society for a long time," Drury said.

Drury spared Calloway a possible 25 year prison term as a repeat offender after Chicquica Terry, the defendant's girlfriend, pleaded for leniency and told the judge Calloway has been "like a father" in recent years to her children.

Prosecutor Douglas P. Stiller said Calloway had been spared prison terms after his two earlier convictions and for other probation violations.

Calloway, jailed for several months, was convicted of selling cocaine to undercover sheriff's narcotics deputies in a plaza at East Utica Street and Jefferson Avenue last Oct. 26 and Oct. 27.


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