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A Town of Tonawanda man has been sentenced to two decades behind bars after pleading guilty to a string of gas station robberies which took place earlier this year. 

Justin Jenkins, 46, was sentenced by Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi to 20 years in prison plus five years of post-release supervision for his role in the robberies of six gas stations in Niagara and Erie counties. In August, Jenkins was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Niagara County Supreme Court by Justice Richard Kloch, and the two sentences will be served concurrently. 

From Feb. 25 to March 11, Jenkins robbed half a dozen convenience stories along with his wife, 46-year-old Heather Jenkins. In each incident, Jenkins displayed a gun, which was later determined to be a BB gun, and demanded cash from the store clerks. 

Jenkins pleaded guilty to six charges of second-degree robbery, class C felonies, on May 30. 

Heather Jenkins pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree robbery, a class D felony, for her part in the crimes and is scheduled to be sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski on Nov. 4. Kloch placed Heather Jenkins on five years of probation during her Niagara County sentencing.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn commended Town of Tonawanda Police Detectives Thomas Falsone and Jeffrey Campanella, Kenmore Police Department Detective Alan Fell and Amherst Police Department Detectives Dan Quinlin and Thomas Thielman for their contributions. 

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

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