Parolee sentenced to 15 years for drug possession A man on parole for his role in a 1998 Delaware Park robbery and shooting that left a young man paralyzed was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for possessing cocaine in his Buffalo apartment in
State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang sentenced Angel R. Escalera, 33, to half of the 30-year prison sentence he faced for his conviction of first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Wolfgang agreed to the 15-year sentence as part of a plea agreement.
Escalera complained about the length of the sentence during the hearing, saying 15 years is the kind of time given to killers - not those involved in drugs.
"To me, 15 years is a murder sentence," Escalera said. "I didn't kill anybody. To me, that's a lot of time."
In May, Escalera admitted that he possessed almost 9 ounces of cocaine in his Bailey Avenue apartment March 11.