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Niagara Falls man’s guilty pleas overturned on appeal

NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls man’s three guilty pleas to burglary and robbery were overturned by an appeals court Friday because of an error by the original judge.

City Judge Angelo J. Morinello didn’t tell Anthony Corsaro, now 25, that he would be liable for post-release supervision as well as prison time before he pleaded guilty. A five-judge panel of the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court unanimously shipped the case back to Niagara Falls to start over.

On Aug. 29, 2013, Morinello sentenced Corsaro to 9 1/3 to 14 years in prison and three years of post-release supervision for attempted second-degree burglary and two counts of third-degree robbery. Corsaro had admitted to burglarizing a home on 21st Street in the Falls Jan. 24, 2012; robbing a Dunkin Donuts store in the Falls six days later; and holding up a Wilson Farms store in the city two days after that. When Niagara Falls police arrested Corsaro, they also charged him with robbing another Wilson Farms and a gas station, as well as a failed holdup try at a third Wilson Farms. Corsaro accepted a pre-indictment plea offer.