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2 robbers sentenced amid uproar

Over the loud protests of their families, two Buffalo men were sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for robbing a drugstore last year.

Carl Richardson Jr., 26, of St. Mary Street, and Matthew Jackson, 23, of Nevada Street, were sentenced by Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk on their July 21 felony robbery convictions. The two stole $125 cash from Eckerd Drugs at Broadway and Bailey Avenue on Aug. 17, 2007.

Both have been jailed since the day of the jury verdict.

After Franczyk handed down the sentences, more than a half dozen state court officers had to be called to the courtroom, as numerous relatives of the two men began screaming.

An all-building "trouble" alert was posted at the courthouse shortly after 10 a.m., but no one was arrested, the courtroom disturbance was quickly quelled, and the grieving relatives were escorted outside. On July 24, Franczyk ordered Nakosi Lott, 31, of Howlett Street, to serve a five-year prison term on his robbery plea in the same case.

During the jury trial, Lott admitted he has displayed a fake high-powered Glock pistol while Jackson stood guard at the front door of the drugstore and Richardson waited in their getaway car around the block.


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