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2 sentenced after armed robbery at Medina village park

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 October 2018 at 11:51 am

ALBION – Two Lockport men were sentenced today to incarceration after pleading guilty to a robbery at State Street Park in Medina on March 8.

Deandre Reed, 20, received the longest sentence – 5 years in state prison. He allegedly displayed a weapon in taking money and a cell phone from two strangers at the park. The weapon turned out to be a toy gun.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said the confrontation in a village park “was extremely concerning and alarming.” The DA urged Judge Sanford Church to send Reed to state prison.

Reed pleaded guilty to attempted robbery in the first degree and faced up to five years in state prison as part of a plea deal.

“I apologize for what I did,” Reed told the judge during sentencing this morning. “I need help.”

Judge Church gave Reed the maximum. The judge said Reed has had many opportunities for help, but continues to break the law.

The plea deal could have been rescinded and Reed given more time in prison because he was recently charged with felony assault and felony criminal mischief for an altercation in the Orleans County Jail.

Dominic Saraceno, Reed’s attorney, said Reed was defending himself in the jail. That case is now in town court and will be handled separately from the incident at the Medina park.

A codefendant in the Medina case, Robert Holmes, was sentenced to a year in the county jail today. Holmes, 19, pleaded guilty to petit larceny and faced up to a year in jail.

When Holmes was sentenced, Cardone asked for the maximum.

“It’s very alarming,” he said. “The two victims were in a village park when the co-defendant pulled a gun on them. It’s not the kind of crime we’re used to in Orleans County.”

Judge Church gave Holmes the maximum as part of the plea. The two victims in the crime were given orders of protection from both men sentenced today. The order for Reed lasts for 13 years.

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