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Jury convicts Buffalo man of robbery

An Erie County jury convicted a career criminal of robbery and weapons charges this week after a week-long trial.

Jessie Medley, 50, of Walden Avenue, was found guilty of robbing a woman at knifepoint behind the Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo last June, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

Medley, who has 54 prior convictions, including three for armed robberies, faces up to 25 years in prison as a persistent violent felony offender.

District Attorney Frank A. Sedita said he would recommend the maximum sentence at Medley’s May 23 sentencing before Erie County Judge Michael D’Amico.

”Hopefully, Mr. Medley’s upcoming sentence will satisfactorily complete his apparent urge to serve life in prison on the installment plan,” Sedita said.

During the June 25 robbery, after threatening her life, Medley ransacked her purse and stole some of her personal belongings, including a ring that had been given to her by her young son, prosecutors said.

Medley fled to a nearby bus station and boarded a Metro bus as concerned citizens came to the victim’s aid. The bus driver grew suspicious of Medley and pulled the bus over.

The bus driver’s presence of mind enabled city and transit police officers to quickly arrest Medley, Sedita said.

“Because of their combined efforts, a lifetime societal menace has been brought to justice,” he said.