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Woman admits to role in Niagara Falls home invasion

LOCKPORT – A woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to joining her boyfriend for a home invasion in which two elderly women were tied up and robbed.

Erika A. Cooper, 38, of Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 1/2 years in state prison, with a 15-year maximum. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon will make the call Oct. 7.

That’s the same sentencing date now assigned to co-defendant Jason S. Markovitz, 38, of the Falls, who pleaded guilty July 8 to first-degree robbery in exchange for a 20-year sentencing limit.

The two were charged with entering a home on 79th Street April 24. The residents, women ages 89 and 95, were robbed, and one was tied up with the hose Markovitz cut off from her oxygen tank. As a three-time prior felon, Markovitz risked life in prison if a plea deal hadn’t been worked out.

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