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Man gets 15 years for kidnapping

Perez "Manny" Aughtry was ordered Monday to spend the next 15 years in state prison. The sentence came almost 15 months after the street-level "soldier" of the nationwide Bloods drug gang was convicted of abducting the sister of his former girlfriend.

Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka found Aughtry, 25, guilty on May 26, 2006, after a brief nonjury trial. He imposed the prison term Monday following months of post-trial hearings on Aughtry's unsuccessful psychiatric claims and challenges to court records.

Aughtry has been jailed since his arrest hours after the June 8, 2005, abduction that quickly ended when his 19-year-old victim escaped from an Eagle Street flat where Aughtry had taken her. He declined to comment during the sentencing.

Aughtry, who still faces obstruction and other charges for a July 12 incident at the Erie County Holding Center, refused Monday to accept a court order of protection barring him from contacting his ex-girlfriend's sister until mid-2021.

Prosecutor Holly P. Tucker said the order of protection, which carries additional prison time if violated, is still valid despite Aughtry's refusal to sign it.

Aughtry, who demanded a nonjury trial and then claimed he had been too mentally troubled to legally do so, was convicted of second-degree kidnapping, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, and misdemeanor menacing and weapons charges for the abduction.

Tucker said Aughtry abducted the girl as retaliation against her boyfriend, whom he thought had stolen marijuana and jewelry from his Shoreline apartment on Niagara Street earlier that summer.

The prosecutor said that during the trial, a jailhouse informant housed in the same cellblock as Aughtry and a Bloods "general" from New York City arrested here on contraband charges both confirmed the victim's testimony about the June 2005 abduction.

The jailhouse informant also testified that Aughtry had hoped to have fellow Bloods kill his victim, the prosecutor said.

Tucker said that prior to his June 2005 arrest, Aughtry had his live-in 18-year-old girlfriend -- the abduction victim's sister -- selling crack cocaine and marijuana for him.

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