LOCKPORT – Two 23-year-old Niagara Falls men, both of whom are repeat violent felons and parole violators, were sentenced to five years in state prison Friday for their roles in an Aug. 26 gunpoint robbery of three men on High Street in Lockport.
One of the defendants, Dominique Q. Houser of 19th Street, told Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, “It was guys who were involved in drug activities. I never harmed someone who was actually innocent.”
Farkas said she wanted to give less than five years to the other defendant, Jerquan M. Morange of Fairfield Avenue, who drove the other robbers to the scene and remained in the car. But because of Morange’s status as a second-time violent felon, five years was the least she could impose. Both men also will face five years of post-release supervision.
Last week, Rakeem J. Hamilton, 17, of Lincoln Avenue, Lockport, was sentenced to four years in prison in the same case. All three men pleaded guilty to reduced charges of attempted second-degree robbery.