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An Allegany County, N.Y., man has been sentenced to a decade behind bars for robbing an Alfred motel and abducting the motel’s owners before leading authorities on a multi-state chase.

Steven R. Cox, 37, of Wellsville, N.Y., was sentenced Wednesday in Allegany County Court to 10 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision for first-degree robbery, a class B felony. Cox pleaded guilty to the charge April 4.

According to District Attorney Keith Slep, whose office reported the case, the charge stems from Cox’s crime spree Nov. 14 that included burglary and kidnapping.

Cox entered the Economy Inn in Alfred that morning wearing a mask and brandishing a 13-inch knife. Cox had previously done contract work for the motel and was known to the owners, but disguised his identify with the mask, according to police.

After stealing cash and checks, Cox forced the mother and daughter who own the motel to get into their vehicle and drive him to Andover.

Once in Andover, the daughter informed Cox the car needed gas and she stopped at Steve’s Gas N Grub Hub. The victims were then able to get a hold of the knife, escape the vehicle and call 911, while Cox took the car and fled.

After a chase that included Cox colliding the vehicle with a Westfield Police Department vehicle, Cox was eventually apprehended in a barn in northern Potter County.

Cox was originally charged in New York with additional charges of first-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree kidnapping, all class B felonies.

He was also charged with several crimes in Pennsylvania, including fleeing or attempting to elude an officer and receiving stolen property, both third-degree felonies, and recklessly endangering another person, a second-degree misdemeanor.

At the time of his crime spree, Cox was already on parole in New York from previous convictions of fourth-degree grand larceny and attempted third-degree burglary, both class E felonies.

In addition to prison time and post-release supervision, Cox will also have to pay $660 in restitution and a $325 surcharge. An eight-year order of protection for the victims, which will go into effect once Cox is released from prison, was also issued.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Amanda Finn. Cox was represented by Assistant Public Defender Paul DiCola. The sentence was handed down by Judge Thomas Brown.