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LOCKPORT – A man who lost his sweatshirt in a struggle with an employee at a store he tried to rob pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court, after a DNA test matched him with the shirt.

Jacob Briones, 21, of 19th Street, Niagara Falls, is to be sentenced by attempted third-degree robbery April 3 by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the robbery attempt occurred Dec. 22, 2012, in the Indian General Store, 1611 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. She said Briones showed either a real gun or a realistic-looking fake gun during the holdup try. A second man who was with him has not been caught, Hoffmann said.