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A Batavia man pleads guilty to robbing the Five Star Bank in January.

Gregory Beardsley, 29, pleaded guilty Friday in County Court to a charge of third-degree robbery. The plea was made under the condition he receives no more than 33 to 66 months in state prison.

He faces up to 5-and-a-half years.

Sentencing is set for May 2.

Beardsley admitted to robbing the bank on West Main Street. Police said he escaped with $3,000 and was taken into custody six minutes later on Rt. 98 in Attica. Beardsley, who was on parole at the time of his arrest, was originally charged with grand larceny and robbery.

Beardsley is a registered level 3 sex offender. He was released from prison just this December for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in 2007.


Friday was the warmest temperature the region has been in four months and it was the same day the The National Weather Service posted a Winter Storm Watch for parts of Western New York.

It's posted for Wyoming, Livingston and southern tier counties from 5 p.m. today through 10 a.m. tomorrow.

It forecasts heavy, wet snow accumulating six inches or more in those areas. It’ll make the roads slicks and heavy snow can also bring down small tree branches and limbs.

Forecaster confidence is classified at low at this time. The temperature could affect snow accumulation.


The Buffalo Bills are holding a public memorial for Ralph Wilson Jr. next Saturday, April 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Fieldhouse in Orchard Park and is open to fans across the region.

It will feature memorabilia, exhibits and a guestbook for fans to share their thoughts and pay tribute to the Bills founder who died Tuesday in Michigan at the age of 95.

Fans can also make donations to three charities in his memory.

Private funeral services are today in Detroit.

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