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North Buffalo man pleads guilty in three holdups

A North Buffalo man has admitted staging three holdups during a week-long robbery spree last September in the Town of Tonawanda.

Paul Andolina, 28, of Taunton Place, pleaded guilty as charged Friday to three counts of second-degree robbery for the holdups Sept. 16 at a 7-Eleven convenience store on Sheridan Drive, and Sept. 17 and 25 at a Valero gas station on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Prosecutors said Andolina wore a ski mask and displayed what appeared to be a pistol during each robbery.

Andolina, who has a prior violent felony conviction from 2012, faces up to 15 years in prison on each robbery count, for a total possible sentence of up to 45 years, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns set sentencing for March 31.

The investigation was spearheaded by Detective Russell Paternostro of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Paul E. Bonanno.