A Buffalo teenager pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge in the $17,000 robbery and shooting of a man who was working for a company that fills ATMs with cash at bars and other businesses.
The 16-year-old suspect was originally charged with first-degree robbery in the holdup Oct. 21 outside Dinny’s Place on William Street. He pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree robbery and could face up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 11 by Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio. He is being held on $20,000 bail.
The Bailey Avenue youth is the first one of five suspects who were charged in the case to plead guilty.
Prosecutors said the 58-year-old victim was sitting in a van outside Dinny’s waiting for his partner to finish filling the East Side bar’s ATM with cash.
The teenager and co-defendant Ronald Hough Jr., 23, of Monroe Street, approached the van, and at Hough’s direction, the teen told the victim to hand over the remaining money – about $17,000, according to Assistant District Attorney Michael P. Felicetta.
When the victim locked the van doors and tried to call police, Hough shot him, and he and the teenager fled with the money, Felicetta said.
Hough is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Hough’s father, Ronald Hough Sr., 53, of Monroe Street, and Kenneth Land, 42, of Clark Street, are charged with first-degree robbery for allegedly planning the holdup and following the victim’s van as he and his partner delivered cash to the ATMs.
The fifth suspect, William Stroud, 20, of Haller Avenue, Cheektowaga, is charged with second-degree weapon possession after he was arrested with the 9 mm handgun allegedly used in the holdup.
The money was never recovered, Felicetta said.