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Pendleton man freed after pleading guilty to sex felony

LOCKPORT – A Pendleton man who had sex with a woman without her consent July 13 was released from jail Wednesday after pleading guilty to a felony violation of New York’s “no means no” law.

James M. Williams, 25, of Tonawanda Creek Road, a diagnosed schizophrenic, was released on his own recognizance by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal sexual act. Sheldon accepted a request from defense attorney Alan J. Roscetti to allow Williams, who had been held in lieu of $50,000 since his arrest, to take advantage of more mental health treatment opportunities.

Williams could be sentenced to as long as four years in prison when he returns to court Nov. 30, but Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Nichols said the victim is “not opposed to a probationary sentence.” Sheldon issued an order of protection for the woman, who was victimized July 13 in Williams’ home.

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