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Lockport man pleads guilty to felony in injury to cop

LOCKPORT – Cedric R. Carpenter, whose run-in with a Lockport police officer last year caused the officer to break his thumb, pleaded guilty to a felony Friday in Niagara County Court.

Carpenter, 21, of Washburn Street, admitted to second-degree assault and was scheduled for sentencing May 6 by Judge Sara Sheldon. The maximum penalty is seven years in prison.

On Oct. 3, Officer Aaron K. Belling was one of the officers sent to break up a fight on Washburn Street, in which Carpenter allegedly threatened another man with a knife. In trying to subdue Carpenter, Belling fell to the ground and fractured his right thumb and partially tore a ligament in the thumb.

Belling’s brother, Lt. Marshall K. Belling, stopped Carpenter by using the dry stun function on his Taser.