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Falls man sentenced to 3 1/2 years on gun charge

LOCKPORT – A man who admitted having a handgun when Niagara Falls police were investigating a report of an armed person outside a Niagara Falls convenience store was sentenced Monday to 3 1/2 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision.

Second-time felon Rhamelle Jackson, 30, of Fort Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon after his Aug. 13 arrest at a store at 18th Street and Niagara Avenue in Niagara Falls.

. He was arrested as police checked on a report that Sydney Jackson, 20, no relation, was outside the store with a gun. Police said Sydney Jackson had been robbed and pistol-whipped earlier in the day and told police she would take care of the matter herself. Store surveillance video showed her and Rhamelle Jackson running into the store when police showed up and stashing guns on the shelves. A second third man, Robert Sanders, 29, of Cleveland Avenue, was found to have a gun in his pocket near the front of the store.

Sydney Jackson drew a 3 1/2-year sentence in December for gun possession and a drug possession felony. Sanders is awaiting sentencing on the same gun charge as the Jacksons.