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Three men get long jail terms in holdup, high-speed chase

One convicted felon was sentenced to life in prison and two others got double-digit prison terms Monday for robbing a man last year as he left an East Side liquor store and for leading police on a more than 100-mph chase on the Kensington Expressway.

State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia imposed the sentences on Mark Thompson, 35, of Keystone Street; Derrick Person, 29, of Bailey Avenue; and Carl Evans, 31, of Lyndale Avenue, Town of Tonawanda.

Thompson, a persistent violent felony offender, was sentenced to 22½ years to life in prison. Person got 20 years, and Evans will serve 12½ years.

A jury convicted them in December of first-degree robbery in the March 2, 2013 holdup outside the East Ferry Street store.

Person pointed the rifle at the victim as Thompson took his jacket, cellphone, two gold chains, $100 and a bottle of liquor, prosecutors said. The robbers fled in a sport utility vehicle driven by Evans.

Police got a description of the getaway vehicle and pursued it on the Kensington until it exited at Jefferson Avenue. The robbers abandoned it on Orange Street, where they fled on foot and were arrested, Assistant District Attorneys John Feroleto said.

The rifle was found along the Kensington. Feroleto said Person’s DNA was found on the rifle. The gold chains were found on Thompson, and the other items were found in the SUV.