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Man with lengthy criminal record convicted of street robbery

A man with a lengthy criminal record has been convicted of robbery after a weeklong trial in Erie County Court.

Jessie Medley, 50, of Walden Avenue, was convicted of first-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon during a jury trial last week before County Court Judge Michael D’Amico, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said Friday.

Medley is accused of robbing a woman at knifepoint behind the Hotel at The Lafayette last June 25, according to the district attorney’s office. Medley fled with some contents from the woman’s purse and boarded an NFTA bus at the nearby bus station.

That’s when the bus driver, Alzo Kennedy, became suspicious and pulled the bus over, allowing police to catch Medley, the DA’s office said. Medley has been arrested 64 times since the 1970s, and has 54 convictions, including three for armed robbery, Sedita said.

Medley – who was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Sara N. Ogden – will be sentenced May 23.