LOCKPORT – Three years in state prison and three years of post-release supervision was the sentence from State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Thursday for a Niagara Falls man who admitted robbing a convenience store and beating a man with the victim’s own cane.
DeShawn L. Simmons, 19, of Ninth Street, took part in a Jan. 27, 2015 holdup at Bray & Bray Convenience Store on 19th Street in the Falls. He pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree robbery for that, and to third-degree assault for beating a 51-year-old man with a cane in Liberty Park off 19th Street on March 31.
Simmons’ brother, Rayshawn L. Simmons, 17, pleaded guilty to the same charge in the robbery case and is awaiting sentencing. Previously, Kloch assigned another defendant in the holdup, Tamar R. Wynn Jr., 17, of Tennessee Avenue in the Falls, to a court-supervised drug treatment program. Raekwon T. Ford, 18, of Augustus Place in the Falls, remains under indictment in the beating case.