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LOCKPORT – Charles H. Montague, who took part in a shootout in Niagara Falls, was sentenced to five years in prison and three years of post-release supervision Friday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Montague, 22, of Linwood Avenue, was placed on interim probation March 1, but within two weeks he had committed two other crimes, Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said. One was an assault, resulting in a misdemeanor plea Monday in Niagara Falls City Court; the other charge was aggravated unlicensed operation, Hoffmann said.

“Accidents do happen,” Montague told Farkas when asked about the assault.

Hoffmann said the victim became a County Jail inmate himself, and reported that Montague tried to make him recant his story when they were both behind bars.

Montague was sentenced Friday for attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, resulting from an exchange of gunfire with another man June 22 at 18th and Niagara streets. No one was injured.