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Falls man headed to prison for pair of robberies

LOCKPORT - Rayshawn L. Simmons of Niagara Falls will go to state prison for at least three years for his role in two robberies.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. told Simmons Friday that he intends to sentence him April 28 to three years in prison, plus three years of post-release supervision, for robbing a convenience store on 19th Street in the Falls on Jan. 27, 2015. Last year, Kloch had given Simmons a chance on interim probation, but he was arrested for trying to rob a woman Sept. 15 in a Niagara Falls alley.

Simmons, 19, of 18th Street, pleaded guilty Friday to attempted third-degree robbery in the newer case, but Kloch said both sentences will be served concurrently.

Kloch sent the tearful Simmons to the Niagara County Jail without bail to prevent him from getting into more trouble.

"I know you're all broken up about this, but you've got to do your time," the judge told him.

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