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LOCKPORT – Robert J. Thornton of Niagara Falls pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to his role in the invasion of the home of a pawnshop owner.

Thornton, 25, of Fairfield Avenue, admitted to attempted first-degree robbery, the same charge to which Edwin K. Ridgeway, 26, of East Avenue, Lockport, pleaded guilty Monday.

Both men are second-time felons, but Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas told Thornton she will send him to prison for no more than 10 years because his previous offense was nonviolent. Ridgeway was offered a 12-year limit because he has a prior violent felony conviction.

Ridgeway is to be sentenced Aug. 26 and Thornton Sept. 10 for the Oct. 28 attack on Ruben G. Longoria, owner of Casino Buy & Sell on Pine Avenue in the Falls. The victim was slashed with a machete.

Longoria was placed on five years’ probation Jan. 31 for selling stolen goods in his shop.

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