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Former youth football coach gets five years for selling cocaine

A former Pop Warner football coach was sentenced this week to five years in federal prison for selling cocaine.

Eric J. Humphrey, 36, of Amherst, one of several family members convicted in the case, had previously admitted selling coke as part of a plea deal accepted by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz said Humphrey was arrested in February 2010 with his father, John E. Humphrey Jr., and two other family members, Charles M. Humphrey Jr. and James Humphrey Jr. A fifth defendant, Anthony Taylor, also was charged.

John Humphrey, 55, and Taylor, 53, also were sentenced this week. Humphrey got a year in prison and Taylor was sentenced to time served. The other Humphreys are still awaiting sentencing.

Until his arrest, Eric Humphrey was known as one of the most successful youth football coaches in the city. One of his teams made it to the Eastern Regionals of the Pop Warner Midget Division in 2009.