Teen to Serve Jail Time for Attempting to Rob a Juvenile Through "OfferUp" App

Modified: April 15, 2019 8:47am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 19-year-old Jose Michel of Buffalo has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to 15 days in jail followed by 5 years of probation. As part of his probation requirements, he must complete 100 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to the victim. The defendant was sentenced on Friday, April 12, 2019.

The defendant admitted that on October 30, 2017, at approximately 3 p.m., he and his co-defendant, 21-year-old Jerwan Stone, III, attempted to rob a juvenile victim who was contacted through the app “OfferUp.”  The victim went to Tremaine Avenue in the Village of Kenmore to sell jeans and a pair of sneakers to the defendants. Stone grabbed the victim, punched him in the face and stole the items.

Michel pleaded guilty on January 10, 2019 to one count of Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree, a Class “D” felony, for his involvement in the crime.

Stone pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree, a Class “D” felony, on March 4, 2019. He faces a maximum of 4 years in prison for sentencing on Tuesday, May 30, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. before Justice Burns.

DA Flynn commends the Kenmore Police Department for their assistance in the investigation. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Rachel Kranitz McPhee of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.