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Falls teen given chance to avoid prison in store robbery

LOCKPORT – State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. on Friday gave a Niagara Falls teenager nine months on interim probation to show he deserves to stay out of prison for his role in a convenience store robbery.

Rayshawn L. Simmons, 17, of Ninth Street, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree robbery in connection with the Jan. 27, 2015, holdup at Bray & Bray Convenience Store on 19th Street in the Falls. Simmons’ brother, DeShawn L. Simmons, 19, was sentenced Feb. 4 to three years in state prison for that case and a separate assault charge. Tamar R. Wynn Jr. 17, of Tennessee Avenue, was assigned to a drug treatment program after he also pleaded guilty in the robbery case.

Assistant Public Defender Michele G. Bergevin was optimistic about Rayshawn’s chances. “I think he’s on the straight and narrow,” she told Kloch. “He understands he can’t be acting like a thug.”