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Falls man, awaiting sentencing on two DWIs, admits to gun felony

Tommy D. George, who previously admitted to two driving-while-intoxicated felonies, accepted a plea offer Monday for a Jan. 19 incident in which he was accused of bringing a gun into the Empire Sports Lounge on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls.

George, 47, of 22nd Street in the Falls, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. promised a three-year sentence on the gun count but made no commitment on the DWIs. Kloch set sentencing for Oct. 15.

Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said George was tackled by an Empire bouncer. She said George told police he had fired shots minutes earlier on Walnut Avenue after he was allegedly robbed of 12 ounces of crack cocaine.

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