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Man faces prison for attempted robbery that broke his leg

A 22-year-old Buffalo man whose leg was broken as he tried to rob two men in a car has pleaded guilty, as charged, to first-degree attempted robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Anthony Ward, of Box Street, faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced Aug. 22 by Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio.

Ward approached the two men in the car on Sweet Street on Nov. 15. He opened the driver’s side door, pointed a gun at the driver’s head and told him to turn over “everything you got,” according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The driver stepped on the accelerator and the car struck Ward, breaking his leg, District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said in a release.

Police officers who responded to the driver’s 911 call found Ward lying in the street, with the gun a few feet away. The gun was loaded with five rounds.

Ward committed the crimes while on supervised released from federal prison after being convicted of possessing nearly five grams of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.