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Former Buffalo cop admits growing marijuana

Jorge Melendez, 42, of Buffalo, a former officer with the Buffalo Police Department, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture more than 100 marijuana plants. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum of ...

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Former Buffalo officer sentenced

Former Buffalo Police Officer Johnnie Fritz, 49, of Buffalo, has been sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny was sentenced to 10 months home confinement for conviction of mail fraud. Fritz was also ordered to pay $6,400 ...

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Man sentenced for killing girlfriend in dorm

A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing his girlfriend inside her western New York college dorm room two years ago. Clayton Whittemore wept while being sentenced to the maximum prison term Tuesday ...

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Faison gets 25 Years to Life

Maurice Christopher Faison, 24, was sentenced Thursday by Monroe County Court Judge James Piampiano to 25 years to life in prison for the Sept. 3 murder of his 9-month-old son Tristen. An autopsy revealed the child died of massive brain ...

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Pittsford man sentenced

Richard Kaufman, of Pittsford, has been sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. to 46 months in prison. A jury found Kaufman guilty of bank and loan fraud and conspiracy to commit bank and loan fraud. He ...

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Man sentenced for impersonating officer

Jack DeMeo, 52, of Hamburg, Erie County, who was convicted of impersonating a federal officer, has been sentenced to one year probation by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. DeMeo, according to Assistant U.S. MaryEllen Kresse, owns Southtown Sports ...

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Life expected for New York man who raped, killed

SYRACUSE (AP) — A New York man faces life in prison without parole when he is sentenced for raping a girl and killing her mother after cutting off his ankle monitor last year. David Renz, 30, of the Syracuse suburb ...

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Media file suit to challenge execution secrecy

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Associated Press and four other news organizations filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the secret way in which Missouri obtains the drugs it uses in lethal injections, arguing the state’s actions prohibit public oversight of the ...

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4 men get prison in death of 96-year-old

BUFFALO (AP) — Four men have been sentenced to prison for a fatal attack on a 96-year-old World War II veteran inside his home. Two of the men, 18-year-old Shaquar Pratcher and 23-year-old Elhajji Eshabazz, were sentenced Wednesday to 25 ...

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Former state employee sentenced

John Hall, of Oswego, a former engineer-in-charge for the state Office of General Services, has been sentenced to six months in jail. Seneca County Court Judge Dennis Bender also ordered Hall to pay $52,285 in restitution and additionally sentenced Hall ...

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Jamaican sentenced in Greece triple murder

Andrew Wright, 44, of Jamaica, has been sentenced to four consecutive life terms, plus five years, by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa for participating in a large, multistate marijuana distribution conspiracy and murdering three men in March 2010 in ...

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