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Ex-con gets 36 years for beating

Elvin Rios, a former convict, was ordered Friday to spend the next 36 years in state prison for beating and robbing a Linview Terrace woman while posing as a professional mover.

Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico imposed the stiff sentence on the Silver Creek man after Gary W. Hackbush, chief of the Erie County district attorney's Felony Court Bureau, described "the terrible" beating Rios inflicted on the 25-year-old victim last Feb. 6.

Rios, 44, of Robinson Street, Silver Creek, has been jailed since his arrest three weeks after the incident.

Following a weeklong jury trial, he was found guilty as charged Sept. 5 of robbery, burglary, grand larceny, stolen property, identity theft and forgery charges for the attack and the later use of his victim's credit cards to buy cigarettes and sneakers at an Irving smoke shop and at a Dunkirk store.

Hackbush said Rios, wearing the work outfit of a Fredonia food processing plant where he had been working, came to his victim's house early in the afternoon of last Feb. 6, claiming he was a professional mover who just needed to temporarily store some property he was going to ship out of town.

He beat the woman and stole her purse, Hackbush said.

Hackbush said he pressed for the stiff prison term because of Rios' history as "an incorrigible criminal" convicted of a string of robberies in New Jersey in the early 1980s and at least one other Buffalo burglary in recent years.


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