LOCKPORT – A Town of Lockport teenager who was accused in a presentencing report of being involved with gangs, including the Crips, was denied youthful offender status Friday and sentenced to four years in prison and three years’ post-release supervision for his role in the gunpoint robbery of three men on Aug. 26 on High Street in Lockport.
“Everything I hear tells me you planned it,” Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas told Rakeem J. Hamilton, 17, of Lincoln Avenue.
Hamilton’s lawyer, Michael Conroy, said Hamilton denied gang involvement, but Hamilton dropped the claim after Farkas said she could hold a hearing to determine the facts.
Farkas said Hamilton committed two other robberies as a juvenile. “I see you as a dangerous young man,” the judge said.
Hamilton and two Niagara Falls men – Jerquan M. Morange and Dominique Q. Houser, both 23 – pleaded guilty to reduced charges of attempted second-degree robbery, and each will have to pay $940 in restitution. Morange and Houser are due for sentencing next week.