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Falls 7-Eleven robber pleads guilty

LOCKPORT – A man who tried to rob a 7-Eleven store clerk at knifepoint Dec. 7 accepted a plea-bargain Monday in Niagara County Court.

Joshua G. Dionne, 24, of LaSalle Avenue, Niagara Falls, admitted to attempted second-degree robbery in exchange for a commitment from County Judge Sara Sheldon for a sentence of no more than two years in state prison plus 1½ to three years of post-release supervision. Sentence will be passed Oct. 6.

The robbery attempt occurred in the 7-Eleven at 2824 Pine Ave., Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said. Police said Dionne fled empty-handed when the female clerk started screaming. Police also had charged him with robbing the same store of $20 Nov. 22, also while armed with a knife.