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Cheektowaga man gets jail term for possessing gun used in robbery, shooting

A Cheektowaga man was sentenced Tuesday to 3½ years in prison for possessing a loaded 9 mm pistol that was used last fall in the robbery and shooting of an employee of a company that fills ATMs with cash at bars and other businesses.

Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio also ordered five years of post-release supervision for William Stroud after he completes his prison term.

Stroud, 20, of Haller Avenue, had pleaded guilty July 8 to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was arrested with the gun Oct. 23, 48 hours after the shooting and holdup outside Dinny’s Place on William Street.

His attorney, Jeffrey Abate, told DiTullio his client was not involved in the earlier crimes.

Stroud’s cousin, Ronald Hough Jr., 23, of Monroe Street, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the holdup and shooting.

Prosecutors said Hough and Anthony Cole, who was 16 at the time, approached the 58-year-old victim who was sitting in a van outside Dinny’s waiting for his partner to finish filling the East Side bar’s ATM with cash.

At Hough’s direction, prosecutors said, Cole told the victim to hand over the remaining money – about $14,000. When the victim locked the van doors and tried to call police, Hough shot him, and he and Cole fled with the money, according to prosecutors.

Cole, of Bailey Avenue, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree robbery, along with Hough’s father, Ronald Hough Sr., 53, of Monroe Street. They have not yet been sentenced.

Kenneth Land, 42, of Clark Street, is charged with first-degree robbery. He and Hough Sr. allegedly planned the holdup and followed the victim’s van as he and his partner delivered cash to ATMs.

The money was never recovered, prosecutors said.