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LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man who served as the driver of the getaway car in a Wheatfield convenience store robbery last year was placed on six months’ interim probation Thursday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

James Williamson, 25, of Vandervoort Street, had pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery as an accomplice to Paul J. Schubert, who is serving up to 15 years in prison for a string of store holdups in the summer and fall of 2012.

Williamson drove Schubert to and from a 7-Eleven store on Plaza Drive Sept. 13, 2012. Farkas said she wants Williamson to show her that he deserves a full probation sentence rather than up to seven years in prison.

“I’m actually happy that I got caught, because now I’m in counseling,” Williamson told the judge.