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Seven-year sentence imposed for two-time Niagara County home invader

LOCKPORT – Calling Shamir W. Allen “extremely dangerous,” Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed a seven-year prison term Friday for two home invasions last year in the Town of Lockport.

Allen, 19, who took a plea bargain to two counts of attempted second-degree burglary in exchange for a seven-year sentencing limit, listed a Charlotte, N.C., address, but has lived in Lockport and Rochester. He still faces drug sale and possession charges in Steuben County, Murphy said.

Allen and others, who have not been caught, robbed and pistol-whipped a man in an apartment on Dysinger Road in Lockport on March 4, 2013. Allen also burglarized a home on Day Road in Newfane on the night of April 28-29, 2014, stealing a laptop computer.

“Both of these crimes were violent. There were guns involved in both of them,” Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said. Murphy noted that Allen had an extensive record of juvenile crimes and told him, “You deserve to serve every day of the seven years I committed to.”

Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph Catalano denied that Allen is “this young monster who would go on a rampage if he was let out into the community … He’s actually been shot. He doesn’t want the next person who shoots him to put him in the ground.”