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With four felonies in six months, Niagara Falls drug dealer goes to prison

LOCKPORT – Niagara Falls drug dealer Regis M. Cox, who pleaded guilty to four felonies in a six-month period, was sentenced Friday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to four years in state prison and two years of post-release supervision.

Cox, 21, of Willow Avenue, blamed drug use for his crime spree, but Murphy had rejected his request to be admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner said Cox pleaded guilty to his first three felonies on Oct. 28 – two cocaine charges and attempted perjury – and three days after making bail, he was arrested again for allegedly tampering with a witness in a homicide case. When officers picked him up on that charge, he had two-tenths of an ounce of crack cocaine in his pocket. Cox pleaded guilty to another drug felony on April 9.

The maximum sentences for the four felonies would have been 14½ years, but to settle the cases, Murphy agreed to a sentencing limit sought by the defense. Bittner said the witness-tampering charge remains pending in Niagara Falls City Court.