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Buffalonian given 20 years for Christmas-time crime spree

A Christmas-time crime spree in 2013 resulted in a 20-year prison sentence for a Buffalo man on Monday.

Kevin Dogan, 30, of Military Road pleaded guilty in May to a series of crimes on Dec. 18, 2013 that began when he shot a man in the face on Pennsylvania Street and then made several attempts to flee. He first tried to carjack a vehicle on Fargo Avenue, threatening the couple inside at gunpoint. His escape was thwarted because he couldn’t drive a stick shift.

After stealing the occupants’ phones so they couldn’t alert police, Dogan then stole a FedEx truck from a driver delivering holiday packages. The delivery truck was found abandoned on West Avenue and Dogan was later captured when trying to break into a home on Forest Avenue.

Although a plea agreement had been made with a suggested sentence of 15 years in prison, Dogan’s attorney, Joseph Terranova, told Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka on Monday that his client had decided he did not want to give up what Terranova called his “outsized hopes” to appeal his conviction, as stipulated in the original agreement.

Pietruszka responded by sentencing Dogan, who has a prior felony conviction, to 20 years in prison for first degree assault and 15 years each for three convictions on charges of first-degree robbery, to run concurrently.