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Wheatfield man admits guilt in armed standoff case

LOCKPORT - A man who held police at bay in an armed standoff Oct. 31 in Wheatfield accepted a plea offer Wednesday in State Supreme Court.

James E. Walcott, 46, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. could sentence Walcott to as long as seven years in state prison when he returns to court May 3. In the meantime, Walcott is undergoing drug treatment, Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre said.

During the hourlong standoff at his home, Walcott allegedly fired two rounds inside the house from one of the two semiautomatic rifles he had with him, believed to be an AK-47 assault rifle, prosecutors said at his arraignment in November. Niagara County sheriff's deputies and state troopers were outside the home.



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