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Falls man draws five years in prison for robbery

LOCKPORT – A man who took part in the robbery and beating of a Niagara Falls man outside a convenience store in 2013 was sentenced Friday to five years in prison and three years’ post-release supervision.

However, Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he reluctantly declined to order Markee Christian to pay the victim $4,142 in restitution after his release from prison. “I think it would just be a waste of paper,” Murphy said.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the victim said he was robbed of $1,500 and incurred more than $2,600 in medical bills. He suffered cracked ribs in the attack outside the Falls City Market at 19th Street and Ashland Avenue.

Christian, 26, of 19th Street, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. His co-defendant, Kenneth L. Graham II, 27, of Lafayette Avenue in the Falls, is serving seven years in prison. Hoffmann said Graham did most of the damage to the victim, including hitting him over the head with the cast on the broken arm Graham had at the time of the Aug. 28, 2013 beating.