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MAN GETS 25 YEARS FOR TRYING TO KILL OFFICERS

A Bissell Avenue man received a a 25-year prison term Wednesday for trying to kill the two Buffalo police officers who pulled him over for erratic driving five years ago.

Byron Robinson, 36, was sentenced without comment by Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio on his Feb. 9 plea to two reduced counts of attempted murder in the second-degree for the Oct. 18, 2000, incident.

Last year, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court upheld the 50-year term DiTullio imposed on Robinson on Oct. 3, 2001, but granted him a new trial in the first-degree attempted murder case after faulting the jury that convicted him in 2001.

The higher court held that the jury erroneously found Robinson guilty of both the intentional crime of attempted murder of police officers and the unintentional crime of reckless endangerment in the case.

Robinson accepted the prosecution plea deal to the lesser attempted murder charges on the eve of a second jury trial before DiTullio.

Robinson pleaded guilty to shooting at Officers Gerald Sullivan and Ralph Skinner after they stopped his car on Koons Avenue near Genesee Street about 3:15 a.m. Oct. 18, 2000. He has been in custody since he was arrested about an hour afterward.