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Teen in Falls robbery spree gets chance to earn probation

LOCKPORT – A teenager who robbed three stores in one night in Niagara Falls is being given a chance to earn probation, although early returns aren’t promising.

Shawn M. Sweet, 16, of South Avenue, risks up to seven years in state prison for his guilty pleas to three counts of third-degree robbery. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon, who agreed Feb. 10 to concurrent sentencing on the crimes, on Wednesday gave Sweet 90 days on interim probation pending a final sentencing decision.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said Sweet was discharged from a residential drug treatment center after an altercation and also had trouble following another treatment program.

“In essence, you’ve been on interim probation,” Sheldon told Sweet. “I’m not real impressed with what you’ve done.” Sweet robbed a Valero convenience store at 19th Street and Ferry Avenue, a Family Video store on Pine Avenue and a 7-Eleven on Niagara Street, all on Dec. 11. Sweet had told the store clerks he had a gun, although he apparently did not.