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Tonawanda teen sentenced in beating of Canisius College student

LOCKPORT – A Town of Tonawanda man was sentenced Tuesday to five years in state prison for his role in the beating of a Canisius College student who was trying to make a $100 marijuana sale.

Angelo J. Hestor, 17, of Dumas Place, is one of four suspects who pleaded guilty to felonies for their role in the Nov. 21 gunpoint robbery and beating on Willow Avenue in Niagara Falls. Hestor was the first to be sentenced.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. also imposed five years of post-release supervision on Hestor, who admitted to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree robbery. Hestor reportedly had a handgun, which actually may have been a BB pistol.

Antoine D. Robinson, 17, of Gatchell Street, Buffalo, pleaded guilty last month to attempted first-degree assault; he was armed with a baseball bat.

Two women also have pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault: Samantha C. Przybysz, 21, of Miller Avenue, Buffalo, and Imani Hardy, 17, of Mohawk Parkway, Town of Niagara. Przybysz is believed to have driven the getaway car, while Hardy allegedly grabbed the bag of marijuana.

The victim, Ricky Williams of the Falls, had to drop out of Canisius two classes shy of a degree in digital media arts because of his head injuries, according to a probation officer’s presentencing report. The report said the victim’s injuries prevent him from working to earn money to pay for the two courses. A restitution hearing is to be held next month.


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