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Buffalo man sentenced to judicial diversion program for attempted bank robbery

A Buffalo man who admitted to killing a dog while working as an animal daycare attendant in August is in trouble again.

Jarrod Dillman, 23, pleaded guilty in November to a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals for the death of the dog in his care. A day after his plea, the Erie County District Attorney's Office says Dillman attempted to rob the M&T Bank on Elmwood Avenue and Breckenridge Street in Buffalo's Elmwood Village.

The DA's office says Dillman approached the teller with a forged check. He wrote a note on the back of the check, directing the teller to give him cash and to not to call the police. After the teller repeatedly stated “no,” Dillman left the bank.

Dillman pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count of third degree attempted robbery. State Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia allowed him to enter a judicial diversion program for two years. If completed successfully, the felony conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor count of petit larceny.

Sentencing for the cruelty to animals charge, originally scheduled for Monday, was moved to June 19.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.
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