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Falls man accepts plea deal in rape, assault cases

LOCKPORT – Lester Scarbrough of Niagara Falls will be making his third trip to state prison after pleading guilty Thursday to attempting to rape one woman and assaulting another.

Scarbrough, 31, who said he was homeless before his arrest, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree rape in connection with an incident in which he was charged with holding a woman against her will from March 19-24. He also pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for injuring another woman March 18.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon said she will sentence Scarbrough to between seven and 10 years in prison when he returns to court Feb. 17. He also owes the prison system between 18 and 22 months for violating parole on a 2008 robbery conviction. Scarbrough also served time from 2003 to 2005 for two burglaries.

Scarbrough said in court he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when he was a child and is on medication.