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LOCKPORT – James M. Williams, who in May acknowledged driving the getaway car in a Lockport bank robbery, admitted in Niagara County Court Friday that he robbed a Bank of America branch in Newfane on Jan. 2.

This time, Williams was the actual thief, Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said as Williams admitted to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree robbery, the same charge to which he had pleaded guilty in regard to a March 8 stickup at M&T Bank in Lockport.

County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas scheduled sentencing in both cases for Oct. 18 and promised to make the sentences concurrent. But Williams, 31, of Tudor Lane, Lockport, also owes federal prison time in a drug case, and his robbery sentences will start after he finishes that time.

The robber of the M&T branch, Joseph J. Trusello, 24, of Ransomville Road, Lewiston, pleaded guilty July 24 and is awaiting sentencing Oct. 2.

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