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LOCKPORT – A man who was charged with hiding about a quarter-ounce of cocaine in a cast on his broken leg pleaded guilty Monday in Niagara County Court.

Michael A. Lorraine, 27, of 25th Street, Niagara Falls, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and is to be sentenced Aug. 13 by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, who could give him up to four years in prison. The leg incident occurred Nov. 19, 2012.

Lorraine faces other charges, including one related to a Jan. 26 shooting incident in which a bullet fired from outdoors ripped through the wall of an apartment on Ninth Street in the Falls, narrowly missing a 7-year-old child.

Lorraine himself was grazed in the head in a shooting in the Falls in December 2012. Monday, he asked for his bail to be reduced so he could make an appointment with a neurologist, but Farkas refused to cut the $25,000 tab, noting that Lorraine was at large for six weeks this spring after skipping a court date.

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