Man who raped, sodomized 7-Eleven clerk during robbery gets maximum sentence

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man who admitted to raping and sodomizing a store clerk during a robbery a year ago will spend 50 years under the watchful eye of New York State.

Michael Sanchez, 28, faced sentencing in state court on Wednesday, when a judge decided he would spend 25 years in state prison and face 25 years of post-release supervision — the maximum sentence he could have received.

Sanchez pleaded guilty in November to raping, sodomizing and robbing a 20-year-old 7-Eleven store clerk on Hertel Avenue and Niagara Street in February.

Prosecutors mounted a solid case against him after locating Sanchez just blocks from the 7-Eleven after the brutal attack. Officers worked with the victim who detailed the 5 a.m. attack, depicting her assailant, who threatened her with a gun before taking her into a storage room and raping her.

Sanchez has previously spent time in prison, for two felony robberies, and a judge took that into consideration before issuing his maximum sentence. 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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