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LOCKPORT – Calling it “a huge gift,” Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas granted a 17-year-old Niagara Falls youth youthful-offender status Tuesday for his role in a failed home invasion Jan. 12 on Linwood Avenue.

K’shawn L. Sistrunk, of McKoon Avenue, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree burglary July 10.

Sistrunk was given six months’ probation, which he was ordered to serve in the Niagara County Jail with credit for time served.

His attorney, Rodney Giove, said he had already served 101 days in jail.

Giove said that Sistrunk was not armed and that he served as lookout with two others, who were armed and wearing ski masks when they entered the home. A person in the home disarmed one of the attackers, and they all fled.

Sistrunk had faced up to seven years in prison, but Farkas said Sistrunk, who went back to high school, was truly making genuine strides in a positive direction.

“I am confident he will become a good citizen and no longer be a danger to the community,” Farkas said.

A second arrest in the case was made Aug. 21, when Lester M. Streeter, 18, of 22nd Street, was charged with burglary and robbery. A third suspect has not been identified.