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'Bully' gets prison term for robbing mother, daughter Theft of tot's purse, $315 intended for gifts sparked donations for family's Christmas

A judge sentenced a big "bully" Friday to 1 1/3 to seven years in prison for stealing a tiny pink "Disney Princess" purse from a 1-year-old girl and her mother's purse, containing $315.

"Why you would do that is beyond me," Erie County Judge Timothy J. Drury said in sentencing Lorenzo Brewer.

A jury found Brewer, 24, guilty of grand larceny in the robbery of a fellow resident of the Marine Drive Apartments on Dec. 16, 2005.

The victim, a day care worker, was able to buy Christmas presents and birthday gifts for her daughter, less than 2 years old at the time, as a result of an outpouring of generosity following publicity of the crime.

In his remarks before sentencing, Brewer admitted making mistakes. "I'm no angel. I've done things that have been wrong," Brewer said.

He expressed condolences to the victims "for the trauma they've been through," but did not admit to the crime.

He said he wants to relocate, go back to school and get a job.

But Drury wasn't impressed. "You're a bully," Drury told Brewer, who stands 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds.

"They're afraid of you," he said of Marine Drive residents. "You terrorized those people. You struck fear in the good people who live there."

Drury said he would not "water down a sentence" based on what Brewer said.

The evidence was overwhelming, the judge said.

Brewer's DNA was found on items police recovered in the basement of his building, the judge said.


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