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Falls man is third person imprisoned in gun incident at store

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man, who had an illegal handgun in his pocket Aug. 13 when Falls police were searching a convenience store for weapons, was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed the sentence on second-time felon Robert Sanders, 29, of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls, who had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Two others arrested in the store at 18th Street and Niagara Avenue were previously sentenced to 3½ years behind bars: Sydney Jackson, 20, and Rhamelle Jackson, 30, no relation. Police entered the store because Sydney Jackson had told them that she intended to “take care” of a person who had allegedly robbed her. Surveillance video in the store showed both Jacksons running after police saw them and hiding guns on the shelves. Sanders was standing near the front of the store.