LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty to a drug felony Tuesday in Niagara County Court, but refused an offer to plead guilty to a separate gun indictment.
Kelvin J. Williams, 31, of Memorial Parkway, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine Feb. 6 in Niagara Falls.
But he refused an offer to plead guilty to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, stemming from two handguns found in a car he was allegedly driving in a chase by Falls police on Dec. 16. The driver fled the car, but police found Williams’ identification on the driver’s seat, walked to his nearby home and arrested him.
Had he taken both pleas, Williams was promised a combination sentence of 6½ years. However, County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas refused a sentencing commitment without a double plea, so Williams now faces up to eight years on the drug charge, plus a maximum of 15 years if he is convicted on the gun charges in a trial that begins Monday. Sentencing on the cocaine charge is set for Nov. 6.