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Niagara Falls man sent to prison for violating probation

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man was sentenced to state prison when he appeared in Niagara County Court Wednesday on a probation violation.

Marcus D. Hamilton Jr., 23, of North Avenue previously had been sentenced to five years probation for attempted armed robbery.

When he appeared Wednesday, Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III sentenced Hamilton to two years in state prison for attempted second-degree robbery and one to three years for violating probation, to be served concurrently.

Hamilton and co-defendant Cortez M. McClain of Cleveland Avenue stole a Toyota minivan that had been left running by its owner on in January 2014 in Niagara Falls. Police said they drove it to Universal Check Cashing at 740 Portage Road, intending to rob it. The clerk refused to give them money, and the two fled. They crashed the stolen van into a parked car while trying to escape, police said.

McClain was sentenced to six months in Niagara County Jail and five years probation on July 11, 2014.

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