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Niagara Falls man, shot by police, sentenced to six years on drug counts

Stacey M. Lewis, the Niagara Falls man shot by a policeman during a drug raid last year, was sentenced Thursday to six years in state prison.

Lewis, 33, pleaded guilty to cocaine and weapons possession in connection with the Sept. 28 raid on 20th Street. While he was free on bail following those pleas, he was arrested again March 14 in a raid on his girlfriend's home where police seized .55 ounces of cocaine and $2,310 in cash. He pleaded guilty July 31 to another drug felony.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III tacked on three years of post-release supervision for Lewis, who appeared in court walking with a cane.

Defense attorney Robert Viola said Lewis has "lifelong permanent consequences for his conduct."

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