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Falls man pleads guilty in robbery

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who was indicted in connection with the robbery of three men outside the Hometown Market on Pierce Avenue in the Falls was allowed to plead guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of petit larceny.

Michael Maye, 29, of Whitney Avenue, is to be sentenced Aug. 13 by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Defense attorney Dominic Saraceno said the prosecution’s main evidence was a belated identification of Maye from one of the victims in the Sept. 12 incident. Saraceno said co-defendant Mason B. Denison, who previously pleaded guilty, testified before a grand jury that Maye wasn’t involved. Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell declined comment.

Denison pleaded guilty March 27 to third-degree robbery and also to third-degree burglary in an unrelated case, and is awaiting sentencing. While Denison risks seven years in prison, Maye will serve no more than one year in the County Jail.