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Niagara Falls man takes plea deal in killing at gas station

Denzel K. Lewis of Niagara Falls pleaded guilty Friday in a shooting death Oct. 14 at a gas station at 19th Street and Walnut Avenue in the Falls.

Denzel K. Lewis (Courtesy Niagara County Sheriff's Office)

Lewis, 22, of Cleveland Avenue, admitted to first-degree manslaughter for the killing of Lerowne Harris, 35.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. could imprison Lewis for up to 25 years at sentencing Aug. 2.

Wednesday, Charles L. Walker Jr., 24, of the Falls, who is accused of driving Lewis to and from the crime scene, rejected a plea offer to also plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the Dec. 5 shooting death of Ladrae Walker, 26, no relation.

Walker is to be tried June 25 on a murder charge in the latter killing, Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said.

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