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A serial bank robber was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for robbing a Key Bank in Amherst, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Thomas Cascio, 52, of Cheektowaga, was convicted of robbing the branch at 5200 Main St. On March 6, 2017, Cascio entered the bank wearing a hard hat, safety vest and eye protection goggles, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Pau…

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An Irish national pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. Court to improperly using another person's passport. Adam Doumbouya, a 30-year-old citizen of Ireland, faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison when sentenced Aug. 8 before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, Doumbouya on Nov. 19, 2017, attempted to …

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A Lockport man convicted of possessing child pornography was sentenced Monday to 36 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, on March 31, 2017, Sterling Jones, 24, was caught in possession of 295 videos and 11 still images of child pornography that were found on his cellphone and stored in his Dropbox …

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A Cattaraugus County man, who was once convicted of committing a criminal sexual act and more recently convicted of receiving child pornography, was sentenced Monday to 262 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, John P. Cutler, 35, of Delevan, between July and Sept. 26, 2016, searched for and downloa…

A Buffalo man who between 2016 and Dec. 6, 2017, sold more than 6,000 bags of heroin in the Buffalo area pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Emmanuel Lopez, 27, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years, th…

A California man who conducted an online relationship with a minor from Cattaraugus County pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to production of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Loren Glen Warner, 28, of Fresno, faces a maximum 30 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 25 before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, the U.S. Attorne…

A Dunkirk man caught with drugs in a safe pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of five kilograms or more of cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Fred Santiago, 30, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment when sentenced Sept. 20 before Chief U.S. Distr…

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An Orchard Park man who grabbed a woman on a plane pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to assault within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, according to U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. On Dec. 20, 2017, Michael Hildebrand, 50, was a passenger on a United Airlines flight from Newark, N.J., to Buffalo, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. D…

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A Buffalo man convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm was sentenced Friday to 60 months in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Terry Wilson, 39, was pulled over by Buffalo Police officers on June 26, 2017, after they observed him speeding on Bailey Avenue, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. …

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A City of Tonawanda man Friday pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin in U.S. Court, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Jose Ramos Escalera, 30, faces a maximum of 30 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 30 before U.S. Judge Frank P. Geraci. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul C. Parisi, between July 24, 2015, and Sept. 26, 201…

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A Buffalo woman who admitted running a phony debt collection operation with her brother faces a maximum 20 years in prison when she is sentenced Aug. 17, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Judi Sylvia, 33, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The U.S. Attorney's Office said that between May an…

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A Canadian man who was convicted of conspiring with others to smuggle five kilograms of cocaine from the U.S. into Canada was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison by Senior U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny. Parminder Sidhu, 43, of Brampton, Ont., who pleaded guilty to the charge in 2014, conspired with five other Canadians to export the drugs between 20…

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A Buffalo man who requested that an undercover officer posing online as a 15-year-old girl send him sexually explicit photographs of herself was sentenced Thursday to 87 months in prison following his conviction of attempted receipt of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Brett Schultz, 39, last March engaged in an online conversation with a perso…

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A Jamestown man faces 30 months in prison on his conviction of possession with intent to distribute an illegal narcotic known as "molly," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Barrett Johnson, 34, was sentenced Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., the U.S. Attorney's Office said. MDMA, known as “molly,” is a Scheduled I controlled substance, th…

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A Lockport man faces a maximum 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Sterling Jones, 24, was found in alleged possession of 295 videos and 11 images of child pornography that were allegedly found on his cellphone on March 31, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. …