B U F F A L O N E W S
dealer who ran over lover jailed
By MATT GRYTA
News Staff Reporter
apologetic Felix Angel Medina was ordered by a skeptical judge Friday to
spend the next 61/2
years in prison for paralyzing his former lover and for his Buffalo
State Supreme Court Justice John F. O'Donnell told Medina he got "a very good bargain" on a prosecution plea deal and questioned his "change of attitude" concerning the March 2005 incident in which he ran over Susan Moore with a vehicle.
After Medina claimed the incident at Moore's former home on Grand Island "was an accident," O'Donnell noted Medina had told probation officers preparing a sentencing report that Moore had "ruined" his life.
"I don't think you really are taking responsibility," the judge responded.
Driving over someone once could be accidental, the judge said, adding that Medina drove over Moore at least twice.
"It's difficult to claim it was an accident," he said.,
Moore, 39, is paralyzed from the waist down and is now a resident at the Erie County Home in Alden.
Salvatore P. Abbate, Moore's attorney, said Medina actually ran over her three times during the last argument in their tempestuous relationship.
Medina told the judge he is "sorry for the pain I caused" Moore, and his attorney, Robert N. Convissar, stressed that Medina was orphaned at 12 and shot five times in a Buffalo drug incident 21/2 years ago.
O'Donnell, sticking to the sentencing commitment he gave Medina on March 28, ordered him to serve a combined 61/2 prison term on his drug plea and his first-degree assault plea in the car incident.
The judge also imposed an order of protection barring Medina from trying to contact Moore until July 2017 and told him he will still be a young man when released from prison.
"You will still have a chance to leave a productive mark on society, if you choose," the judge said.