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LOCKPORT – A Lockport man pleaded guilty to two felonies Wednesday, accepting a plea deal that limited his prison term to seven years.

Legally, Demitrius R. Cole, 19, of Gooding Street, could have received twice as long a sentence for his admissions to attempted second-degree robbery and third-degree burglary. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas will sentence him Sept. 11.

Cole admitted that he took part in a March 29 burglary at a Pine Street apartment that resulted in the robbery of the resident, and was part of an April 2 mugging of a Niagara Falls man on Main Street in Lockport, He will have to pay a total of $250 in restitution for the two crimes.

Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said Cole’s plea bargain also covers a charge in the Town of Lockport for a Nov. 16 beating.

Two 17-year-olds have pleaded guilty in the April 2 mugging, with one also admitting to a role in the Pine Street incident. Both may be granted youthful offender status.

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