LOCKPORT – A Lewiston man who said he’d “been given every opportunity in the world but took the wrong path” was sentenced in Niagara County Court on Wednesday for robbing the M&T Bank branch on Walnut and Pine streets in the City of Lockport on March 8.
Joseph J. Trusello, 24, of Ransomville Road, pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery July 24 and was sentenced by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to an indeterminate 2½ to 5 years in state prison and a $375 surcharge. He was also ordered to make $2,500 in restitution to the bank.
Trusello had agreed to the plea in July in exchange for a promise to serve his time simultaneously with a violation-of-probation charge from a third-degree burglary Feb. 22. Niagara Falls Judge Mark A. Violante sentenced him to a year in Niagara County Jail and the diversion program, according to his Attorney Alan J. Roscetti.
Farkas noted that he had only paid $280 toward $10,000 restitution in the Feb. 22 case and was removed from drug court.
“He got involved in drugs and couldn’t get out,” Roscetti told the judge.
A second man involved in the March 8 robbery, James M. Williams, 31, of Tudor Lane, admitted he drove the getaway car and will be sentenced on attempted third-degree robbery charges Oct. 18.