Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. announced that 21 year-old Michael Gonzalez-Colon received his sentence Monday in U.S. District Court. Colon was convicted earlier this year of of carjacking and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
The charges stem from an incident that took place July 20, 2015 when Colon traveled with co-defendants Dimas Colon-Cruz and Denis Cruz, from Erie to Dunkirk on stolen all-terrain vehicles. Shortly after arriving in Dunkirk, the ATV’s were seized by the Dunkirk Police Department. The three men then assaulted two people in Dunkirk, striking both with a firearm, while also stealing a vehicle owned by one of the victims. The three were also connected to stealing another vehicle from a business in Fredonia. The stolen vehicles were recovered in Erie and an investigation led to the arrest of all three men.
Charges are still pending against Dimas Colon-Cruz and Denis Cruz.