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Second felony plea of the year for Niagara Falls man

LOCKPORT – Dairous J. Stephens, a Niagara Falls man who pleaded guilty in an assault case in June, added a guilty plea to a drug sales charge Wednesday in State Supreme Court.

Stephens, 28, of Eighth Street, admitted to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling more than half an ounce of cocaine to a police informant Sept. 11 in the Falls.

In the earlier case, Stephens pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault for throwing a full bottle of beer at a store clerk July 24, 2015, at the Hometown Market on Pierce Avenue in the Falls. The clerk suffered a fractured nose and orbital bone.

Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. is to sentence Stephens in both cases Sept. 28. He could send Stephens to prison for as long as 13 years.

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