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TEEN LINKED TO SHOOTING IS SPARED CRIMINAL RECORD

A college student who was an accomplice in the shooting of a Delaware Park jogger last year was placed on probation today and granted youthful-offender status.

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Mark H. Dadd ordered Clifton Shoulders, 19, to live a "law-abiding life" for the next three years while he is on probation.

Shoulders, a freshman at Grambling State University in Louisiana, will be spared a criminal record under youthful-offender status. The ruling came in connection with his Sept. 19 guilty plea to a reduced assault count in the July 15, 1989, shooting of Timothy Noble.

Noble, 30, national sales manager for WKBW-TV, was shot in the leg by Barry Bray, 19, near the Delaware Park casino when Noble and a companion confronted Bray and Shoulders about the mugging of another jogger in the park moments earlier.

On Oct. 25, Dadd sentenced Bray to a prison term of 18 months to 4 1/2 years. Dadd, a Wyoming County judge on temporary assignment, sentenced Bray after his guilty plea to a felony weapons count. Bray also faces trial in an Aug. 6 robbery at a Buffalo bus stop.

Prosecutor Robert J. Lee said Shoulders was given leniency because of his minimal role in the park incident. Shoulders told the judge he gave Bray a ride on his bike the day of the shooting.

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