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Falls man pleads guilty in store robbery, mugging

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man, indicted in connection with a mugging and a store robbery, pleaded guilty in both cases Wednesday.

DeShawn L. Simmons, 19, of Ninth Street, could go to prison for as long as seven years when he is sentenced Jan. 27 by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. That will be the first anniversary of the holdup at Bray & Bray Convenience Store, 1221 19th St., Niagara Falls, to which Simmons admitted, pleading guilty to attempted second-degree robbery. A store clerk was punched in the face and the cash register was stolen.

Simmons also admitted to third-degree assault for beating a 51-year-old man with the victim’s own cane March 31 in Liberty Park, 19th Street and Forest Avenue in the Falls.

Raekwon T. Ford, 18, of Augustus Place in the Falls, remains under indictment in the mugging case. Simmons’ brother, Rayshawn L. Simmons, 17, still faces charges in the robbery case. Tamar R. Wynn Jr., 17, of Teenssee Avenue in the Falls, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny in that matter and was sent to a court-supervised drug treatment program.