Three of the four men convicted of robbing the Outback Steakhouse on McKinley Parkway at gunpoint in September 2011 were sentenced today to prison.
The three had admitted participating in the robbery, during which the robbers bound employees’ hands and feet with tape.
They took about $1,200 and personal items, including two Buffalo Bills tickets. The tickets later helped lead to their capture when one of the defendants sold them to someone who alerted police.
Jason Brooks, 31, of Lackawanna, who pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted robbery, was sentenced to five years by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns.
Burns sentenced Willie Martin, 39, and Denivorie J. Jackson, 26, both of Lackawanna, to six years, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. Jackson, who pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery, was a dishwasher at the steakhouse who helped plan the robbery and pretended to be a victim as the other robbers bound his and other employees’ hands and feet. Martin pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted robbery.
Joseph Tucker III, the only defendant to stand trial for the robbery, was convicted Oct. 10 of second-degree robbery and will be sentenced on Nov. 14.