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Trusello takes plea deal in Lockport bank robbery

LOCKPORT – The man who robbed the M&T Bank branch in the City of Lockport March 8 pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Joseph J. Trusello, 24, of Ransomville Road, Lewiston, admitted to third-degree robbery in exchange for a promise that his sentence will be served simultaneously with a sentence he is awaiting from Niagara Falls City Judge Mark A. Violante on a probation violation for a February 2011 third-degree burglary conviction.

Trusello faces a maximum of seven years on each charge, although the minimum for the burglary is 2 1/3 years and the minimum for the robbery is 3 1/2 years. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas will sentence him Oct. 2.

Trusello had signed a full confession to the robbery of the bank at Walnut Street and Pine Avenue. The driver of the getaway car, James M. Williams, 31, of Tudor Lane, Lockport, helped lead police to Trusello the day after the holdup.

Trusello was living in Niagara Falls at the time, and Williams lured him to a Falls hotel where Trusello was arrested. Williams is awaiting sentencing for attempted third-degree robbery and faces up to four years in prison.

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