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Four members of gang admit roles in stabbing

Four gang members, including two currently facing lengthy prison terms in a fatal shooting, pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted assault charges for the stabbing of a 19-year-old Buffalo man on a Metro Rail train on Jan., 8, 2008.

Gerald Gibson, 18, of Alexander Avenue, Cheektowaga, and Dijon Thomas, 17, a former Buffalo resident living in Roseridge, N.C., were told by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang they each face one to four years in prison for their roles in the attack.

Gibson, who will be sentenced March 17 to 21 to 25 years in prison, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Jermain Martin, 19, of Shirley Avenue last June 7. Thomas faces 10 to 13 years in prison when sentenced April 2 on his first-degree manslaughter plea; he gave Gibson the handgun used to shoot Martin.

Also on April 2, Wolfgang will sentence Byron Brown Jr., 20, of Minnesota Avenue, and Demario Goldston, 19, no permanent address on their attempted assault pleas in the stabbing. Brown, who is not related to Buffalo's mayor, and Goldston face one-year terms for their roles in the attack.

All four were sent back to jail after their pleas Wednesday.

Prosecutor Alyson C. Culliton said the four attacked a 19-year-old rival gang member on an outbound Metro Rail train near the Utica Station about 3:45 p.m. The unidentified victim, who was stabbed in the stomach, has fully recovered.

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