A Buffalo teenager was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for helping four other teenagers rob five people at gunpoint during a 24-hours period last June in North Buffalo.
The crimes were part of a gang-initiation ritual.
Terryn Jones, 17, of Donovan Drive, who was 16 at the time of the holdups, was also ordered to pay $350 restitution to one of the victims.
State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns sentenced Jones, who had pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted first-degree robbery.
Burns on Tuesday sentenced the other teens to prison. Two defendants got five-year terms, while two juvenile offenders, who were 15 at the time of the robberies, were sentenced to two to six years behind bars.
Burns on Tuesday also sentenced Antoine “Deuce” Sanders, the 22-year-old self-proclaimed leader of the Rollin’ 60s Crypts, to 19 years in prison. Sanders recruited the teens for the robberies and provided the pistol used in the holdups.
The suspects took three cars, money, jewelry and personal property during the holdups at the North Buffalo Ice Rink and North Buffalo Community Center and on Huntington Avenue.