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Plea deal OKd for home invader who tied up 2 elderly women

LOCKPORT – Jason S. Markovitz, who broke into a Niagara Falls home shared by two elderly women, tied them up and robbed them, will serve up to 20 years in state prison.

Niagara County Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Tuesday that Markovitz, 38, of Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree robbery in exchange for a 20-year sentencing limit agreed to by County Judge Sara Sheldon.

Because he has three previous felony convictions, Markovitz, 38, risked a life sentence if the plea deal hadn’t been worked out between Hoffmann and Assistant Public Defender Michele G. Bergevin. Sheldon will pass sentence Sept. 30.

Markovitz and his girlfriend, Erika A. Cooper, 38, were accused of entering the 79th Street home April 24 and robbing the women, ages 89 and 95. Markovitz tied up one of the women with a hose he cut off her oxygen tank, police said.