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A defendant in the May gunpoint robbery of three men on the East Side was sentenced today to seven years in prison.

State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang sentenced Cameo Simmons, 24, of Walden Avenue, as a second violent felony offender, citing his previous convictions in 2010 for attempted robbery and attempted burglary.

Simmons pleaded guilty in December to second-degree robbery and two counts of attempted second-degree robbery in the holdup May 6 near Howard Street and Fillmore Avenue. He was arrested 10 minutes later with a victim’s wallet.

Assistant District Attorney Paul J. Glascott told the judge at the sentencing hearing that Simmons in the presentencing report denied his involvement and blamed two co-defendants for the crime.

David R. Addelman, Simmons’ attorney, said his client denied he had the gun but did not deny his role in the holdup.

The judge noted that when police arrested Simmons with the stolen wallet, he initially said the victim’s ID was his, but when they asked him if the ID with a white man’s photo on it was in fact his, Simmons, who is black, admitted that it was not.

Simmons had faced up to 15 years in prison.

A co-defendant, Quincy Casanova, 17, of Miller Avenue, pleaded guilty in November to second-degree robbery and will be sentenced Feb. 24. Another co-defendant, Devan Palmar, 20, of Mary B. Talbert Boulevard, faces a bench trial Feb. 3 before Wolfgang on three counts of second-degree robbery.

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