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Niagara Falls gunman draws seven-year prison term

Robert K. Cox, who riddled a Niagara Falls house with gunfire and shot a man in the arm in separate crimes, was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. quoted a Falls policeman as saying Cox, who has been arrested 19 times, is "arrogant, brazen and probably will evolve as a criminal." Cox, whose record includes a 2010 federal conviction for cocaine distribution, apologized to his family "for letting them down."

Cox, 27, and Jose C. Rivera, 26, shot into a Cleveland Avenue house Jan. 22. Rivera is awaiting sentencing. Cox also shot a man in the arm on Whitney Avenue May 23.

When he is released from prison, Cox will owe restitution of $625 to the homeowner and $245 to the shooting victim.

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