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Buffalo man sentenced on four robbery counts

A Buffalo man who took more than $1,000 and several cell phones during an armed holdup last summer at a cell phone store in the city was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison and five years of post-release supervision on each of four counts of first-degree robbery.

State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

Marlin Haynes, 22. had pleaded guilty last month to the four robbery counts for taking the money and phones at gunpoint from the manager and three customers on June 30 at the Cricket Wireless store in a shopping plaza on Amherst Street near Grant Street.

A witness provided police with the license plate number of the getaway car, and Officers Michael Coppola and Joseph Nigro arrested Haynes the next day in the car. Haynes initially told police he had been gambling at the Seneca Niagara Casino but later admitted that he had committed the robberies and discarded the rifle and handgun he had used.

Police found the stolen cell phones at the home of Haynes’ girlfriend and the batteries for the phones in his pockets. The girlfriend was not charged.