Man pleads guilty to separate robberies

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to two robbery charges after separate incidents. Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita says 21-year-old Martellion Ham, of Buffalo, was free on bail from one incident when the other incident happened.

Ham pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery after knocking a 17-year-old Buffalo Performing Arts student to the ground and forcibly stealing cash from him in December, 2012. He was indicted by a grand jury and while free on bail, allegedly got himself involved in another robbery.

In April 2014, Ham allegedly shoved a loaded pistol into a man’s face and threatened to kill him if he didn’t surrender his money. The DA says the victim complied, and then Ham put the loaded pistol in the victim’s mouth, and forced him to strip down to his underwear. The victim knocked the gun out of his mouth and fled the scene.

Ham could face up to 50 years in state prison when he is sentenced in June. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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