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Buffalo man pleads guilty to bribery in robbery case

A man who attempted to bribe the victim he robbed and beat into not testifying against him pleaded guilty Wednesday to two felony charges in State Supreme Court, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said 29-year-old Jerome Parsons, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted robbery and attempted bribing of a witness on the day his jury trial was set to begin.

On Feb. 1, 2018, Parsons was allowed inside the Westcott Street residence of a man he knew, pushed the victim to the floor and began punching the victim and kicking him in the head and torso. During the assault, Parsons stole various pieces of jewelry that the victim was wearing, along with cash from the victim's pockets, prosecutors said.

The victim went to Erie County Medical Center to receive stitches to close a wound above his eye.

On Feb. 8, Parsons called the victim from jail and offered to pay him $7,000 to not testify against Parsons at his trial, not knowing the telephone call was recorded, prosecutors said.

Parsons, who remains remanded without bail, faces a maximum of 11 years in prison when sentenced March 14, the District Attorney's Office said.

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