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Defendant calls gunpoint cab driver robbery in Niagara Falls 'a minor thing'

A man who robbed a Niagara Falls cab driver of $90 at gunpoint last year called the crime "a minor thing" at his sentencing Tuesday.

Keonta J. Mayfield, 21, a former Falls resident whose last reported address was on Rodney Avenue in Buffalo, was sentenced by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to six months in jail and probation.

Mayfield pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery and risks up to seven years in prison if he violates the probation rules.

When Murphy called Mayfield on his description of the crime as minor, Mayfield explained, "I'm still young. I'm learning."

Mayfield told the judge, "I'm tired of wasting my life. I'm sorry for wasting your time. I hope I never meet you again."

Mayfield has served 2 1/2 months after being arrested for skipping a previous sentencing date for the June 7, 2016, holdup.


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