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TEEN PLEADS GUILTY, CO-DEFENDANT EXONERATED

One Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty in County Court Friday to shooting at a man last year, while a co-defendant was exonerated.

Garrien F. Tillmon, 18, of South Avenue, is to be sentenced for first-degree reckless endangerment Dec. 4 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza. Court officials said the judge had committed to sentence Tillmon to one to three years in prison.

Charges against the co-defendant, Ian S. Lightfoot, 23, of Garden Avenue, were dismissed. He had been indicted in February on charges of first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment, but further investigation cleared him.

Tillmon admitted firing shots at Nathan Martin in Niagara Falls on Oct. 9, 2000.

Elsewhere on the County Court docket, Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. placed a man who held up a convenience store on probation for five years.

Matthew Kreps, 32, of Sixth Street, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree robbery for an incident on July 21, 2000, at the USA Mini Mart, 502 Main St., Niagara Falls.

Besides probation, Broderick ordered Kreps to maintain a full-time job, avoid drugs and alcohol, submit to random drug testing and serve 10 weekends in the county work program.

In another robbery case, Broderick scheduled a Dec. 14 sentencing for Brandy L. Reid, 22, of Ferry Avenue, Niagara Falls, who pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree robbery.

Reid was charged with the theft of $1,000 in cash and a $150 necklace from a Packard Court apartment Feb. 24. Charges are pending against a co-defendant, Mary Beth Schultz, 23, of 15th Street, Buffalo. Police said at the time that the apartment was ransacked and a male baby sitter was assaulted.

Back in Sperrazza's courtroom, Frederick M. Greenwald, 21, of Lake Road, Wilson, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on a charge of second-degree rape.

He and a co-defendant, Scott A. Follick, 21, of Cayuga Street, Lewiston, are accused of raping a 13-year-old Lewiston girl in Follick's apartment on June 15. Greenwald was arrested in July in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., and extradited to Niagara County.

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