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One of three suspects in the gunpoint robbery last May of three men on the East Side was sentenced today to five years’ probation.

State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang granted the 17-year-old youthful offender status, sealing his criminal record. He had pleaded guilty in November to second-degree robbery in the May 6 holdup near Howard Street and Fillmore Avenue.

The teen testified earlier this month against one of his co-defendants, Devan Palmer, at Palmer’s nonjury trial before Wolfgang. The judge last week acquitted Palmer, 21. of Mary B. Talbert Boulevard, of second-degree robbery but convicted him of two counts of attempted second-degree robbery. He faces two to seven years in prison at sentencing April 18.

The other co-defendant, Cameo Simmons, 24, of Walden Avenue, who Palmer testified was the gunman in the holdup, pleaded guilty in December to second-degree robbery and two counts of attempted second-degree robbery. He was sentenced by Wolfgang last month to seven years in prison. He was arrested 10 minutes after the holdup with one victim’s wallet.

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