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Falls man pleads guilty to taking part in robbery

LOCKPORT – Rayshawn L. Simmons, 17, of Ninth Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty Friday to joining his brother in a convenience store robbery Jan. 27.

Simmons admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery and faces as long as seven years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 18 by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Simmons’ brother, DeShawn L. Simmons, 19, pleaded guilty earlier this month to the same charge in connection with the crime in which a store clerk was punched in the face and the cash register stolen from Bray & Bray Convenience Store, 1221 19th St. in the Falls.

DeShawn Simmons also admitted to third-degree assault for a separate incident in which he beat a man with the victim’s own cane March 31 in Liberty park in the Falls.