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Amherst man admits gunpoint holdup

An Amherst man pleaded guilty Monday in the gunpoint holdup of a man in the lobby of the Shoreline Apartments on Niagara Street.

Lorenzo Romaine, 20, of North Bailey Avenue, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree robbery, attempted first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He was accused of confronting the victim with a pistol, taking his cellphone and wallet Dec. 22 and shooting him in the leg and back before fleeing, prosecutors said.

Romaine, who was on parole for a robbery conviction at the time of the latest holdup, will be sentenced Aug. 13 by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski. He faces 3½ to 15 years in prison.

The judge said he is inclined to sentence Romaine to five years behind bars, with the sentence to run consecutively to the prison term he was serving for the earlier robbery before he was paroled. Romaine is in custody on the parole violation.

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