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It's back to prison for man who served 14 years in Buffalo home invasion

Taylon Hemphill, who served almost 14 years in prison for his role in a Buffalo home invasion in which a man was shot and lost his leg, is headed back behind bars.

Hemphill, 34, was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison for selling $90 worth of heroin to a Niagara Falls police informant Jan. 4, 2017.

"I'm too old to be making silly mistakes," Hemphill told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III during the sentencing. Hemphill was living on Monroe Avenue in the Falls after his release from prison in December 2015.

Erie County prosecutors said Hemphill owned the gun that was used to shoot Zachary Williford in his West Delavan Avenue home April 9, 2002, although Calvin G. Smith, 37, who is serving a 25-year sentence, pulled the trigger.


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