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Man sentenced to 15 years in Niagara Falls slaying

Charles L. Walker Jr., who fatally shot a man on Highland Avenue in Niagara Falls last year, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for first-degree manslaughter.

Charles L. Walker Jr. (Courtesy Niagara County Sheriff's Office)

The sentence, imposed by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon, was part of a plea deal in which prosecutors dropped a charge of hindering prosecution that accused Walker of driving Denzel K. Lewis to a Niagara Falls gas station, where Lewis shot and killed Lerowne Harris Oct. 14. Lewis is serving 25 years for first-degree manslaughter.

Charles Walker, 24, of Willow Avenue in the Falls, killed Ladrae Walker, 26, no relation, after the latter and a friend of Harris approached Charles Walker's stopped car. Defense attorney Robert Viola said Charles Walker thought the men were armed; Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said they weren't.

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