Weekend News Briefing

Written by on July 13, 2019

Michael Piasta, the Batavia man convicted of robbing Arby’s on West Main last year, has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
Piasta was convicted by a Genesee County Court jury last April of armed robbery. Prosecutors say he held up the fast food restaurant with a fake handgun. He was also sentenced to 10 years of post-release supervision.
At his sentencing Friday Piasta’s lawyer asked Judge Charles Zambito for leniency. The defense lawyer said his client had a tough upbringing and was – quote, “dealt a bad hand.”
Zambito reminded Piasta that at a felony sentencing nine years ago he told then County Judge Robert Noonan, “You were going to straighten out your life and never get into trouble again.”

48 year old Jennifer Urvizu-Hanlon has been sentenced to two years in state prison. Jennifer accepted a plea deal but continued to ask the court yesterday for leniency in case. She was accused of providing a loaded gun to 17 year old Samuel Blackshear. Blackshear then shot and wounded Nathaniel Wilson. Wilson had just stabbed and killed Terry Toote.
This all took place kin May of 2018 on Central Avenue in Batavia.
Judge Charles Zambito recognized Jennifer’s lack of a criminal record and community support but said the plea deal was fair.
She could have received three and a half years in prison.

Crossroads House says, please, no more Garage Sale donations.
The not for profit home for the terminally ill says they are completely out of space. Donations have filled three tractor-trailers, two shipping containers, a barn and a garage.
The annual Garage Sale for Crossroads house will be held July 24th through the 27th.

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