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Falls man, 60, faces 8-year sentence in attempted rape case

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who left identification cards behind at a rape scene accepted a plea offer Friday in Niagara County Court.

Anthony Brinson Jr., 60, of Niagara Avenue, admitted to attempted first-degree rape. After a conference with attorneys, Judge Matthew J. Murphy III accepted a prosecution recommendation to limit Brinson’s sentence to eight years; the maximum for the charge is 15 years. Murphy will pass sentence Feb. 19.

Brinson entered a 67-year-old woman’s home July 3 in Niagara Falls and over a three-hour period tried to rape her, choked her and threatened to kill her. However, the victim noticed that the attacker had dropped a credit card and a welfare benefit card with his photo on it. She kicked them under the bed, making the investigation an easy one for police, who caught Brinson four days later.