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FALLS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO REDUCED LARCENY CHARGE

A Niagara Falls man whose trial on first-degree robbery charges ended in a hung jury has pleaded guilty to petit larceny.

Kenneth L. Hilson, 32, of Memorial Parkway, was sentenced to the 11 months he already has served and freed by County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. after receiving the guilty plea to the misdemeanor.

Hilson had been charged with using an 8-inch knife to threaten a cashier at the Rite Aid store on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls on Feb. 23. However, the jury deadlocked at his trial in October, according to Second Assistant District Attorney Ronald J. Winter.

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