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Niagara Falls man to serve 3 years for having rifle, 120 baggies of cocaine

Joshua D. Llanos, who had 120 baggies of cocaine, a sawed-off rifle and some cash when police raided his Niagara Falls apartment last year, was sentenced on Friday to three years in state prison.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III tacked on three years of post-release supervision for Llanos, 21, of 22nd Street in Niagara Falls. He had pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for having the rifle.

Llanos was arrested June 2, 2016, after a search of an apartment he had on Niagara Street at the time.

In a pre-sentencing interview with a probation officer, Llanos claimed the rifle belonged to his cousin. After a huddle with Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph Catalano and a Spanish-language interpreter, Catalano told the judge that Llanos accepted responsibility for the rifle.

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