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LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man was sentenced Friday to six months in jail to start a five-year probation term for a failed attempt to rob a check-cashing business in Niagara Falls.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed the sentence on Cortez M. McClain, 21, of Cleveland Avenue. He pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny, as did co-defendant Marcus D. Hamilton Jr., 22, of North Avenue.

The pair stole a Toyota minivan Jan. 23 on Pine Avenue and drove it to Universal Check Cashing, 740 Portage Road. The clerk refused their demand for money, but even though McClain had a gun, they left instead. They crashed the minivan into a parked car while trying to escape, however.