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Despite remorse, convicted gas station robber faces multiple years in prison

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who threatened to shoot a clerk during a holdup in a Sanborn gas station was sentenced Thursday in State Supreme Court to four years in prison.

Frank A. Doran, 27, of Michigan Avenue, formerly of Ransomville, was sentenced to four years in state prison and three years of post-release supervision for his role in the gunpoint robbery of the Valero Gas Station on Routes 31 and 429 on June 28, 2013. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery on Oct. 17.

Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said he had planned to sentence Doran to five years in prison, but his military service and true remorse saved him a year. However he told him two words cost him.

“Your attitude saying ‘Shoot ‘em’ cost yourself four years,” said Kloch.

Doran’s co-defendant, Kenneth McNeil, 26, of 20th Street, Niagara Falls was sentenced on Jan. 16, to three years in prison and five years post-release supervision, despite being a prior felon.

Three stay away orders were also ordered by the judge after Assistant District Attorney Heather A. Sloma said in January that Doran had been arrested in recent domestic assault and strangulation case and also had called a witness from jail. At that time Kloch ordered Doran’s bail be revoked and he was held in Niagara County Jail to await sentencing.