Brylski sentenced for West Seneca shootout
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – The man who pled guilty to attempted murder for his roll in a shootout with police last year was sentenced to 20 years in jail Thursday morning.
Jerome Brylski, 57, opened fire on officers at the end of a car chase in West Seneca in April 2010.
Officers returned fire, injuring both Brylski and the car's 43-year-old driver Jeffrey Edwards.
Before sentencing, Brylski said, “I’m sorry this all came about.”
Judge Michael D’Amico responded, “Everyone’s sorry it all came about.”
Brylski’s attorney John Jordan asked for a 5-year sentence, citing Brylski's age and the fact that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.
D’Amico then imposed the 20-year sentence with an additional five years of supervision. He said there was no way to ensure Brylski would take the medications required to treat his mental condition.
“I just think that given his mental health issues, had he been thinking clearly, he would not have taken a shot at a police officer," said Jordan.
“I don't think the court afforded that enough weight."
Jordan said his client will appeal the length of the sentence, but police officers from West Seneca believe the sentence was just.
"I think our officers responded exactly the way they were trained. They protected themselves, they protected their community, against an individual who attempted to kill them,” West Seneca Police Chief Edward Gehen said.
“They responded appropriately and I think justice was served."
Lawyers said because of the shooting, Edwards, who was driving the car, is now a quadriplegic.
His lawyers asked Thursday for an expedited case to try to resolve the outstanding charges against him as soon as possible.