Modified: April 16, 2015 9:27am
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announces that 28 year- old Paul Andolina of Taunton Place in the City of Buffalo pleaded guilty as charged to three counts of Robbery in the Second Degree before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns. These are the highest charges for which Andolina could have been convicted had he gone to trial. In other words, Andolina did not receive a “plea bargain” and was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
On September 16, 2014 Andolina robbed the 7-Eleven convenience store at 749 Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda. On September 17, 2014 Andolina robbed the Valero gas station at 2220 Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda. On September 25, 2014 Andolina again robbed the same Valero gas station. Andolina wore a ski mask and displayed what appeared to be a pistol during each robbery.
Shockingly, Andolina is no stranger to the criminal justice system, having a prior violent felony conviction from 2012. Consequently, he faces up to 45 years in state prison when he is sentenced on March 31, 2015 before Justice Burns.
The investigation which led to Andolina’s arrest was spearheaded by Town of Tonawanda Police Department Detective Russell Paternostro. The case was successfully prosecuted by Paul E. Bonanno, Chief of DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau.