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Lockport man, convicted in hitman case, enters two other pleas

Benito Lendof-Gonzalez, the Niagara County Jail inmate convicted of trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife and mother-in-law, accepted two other plea offers Tuesday.

Benito Lendof-Gonzalez (Courtesy Niagara County Sheriff's Office)

Lendof-Gonzalez, 34, who was sentenced Sept. 19 to 17 years to life in prison, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal solicitation and second-degree criminal contempt of court. Those charges could add as much as seven years to his minimum sentence when he returns before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski Dec. 15.

The solicitation charge pertained to his efforts to find someone to kill a corrections officer during a Sept. 28, 2016, trip to court so Lendof-Gonzalez could escape. The contempt charge stemmed from an April 24, 2016, domestic violence incident with his wife, which is what put Lendof-Gonzalez in jail in the first place.

Defense attorney George V.C. Muscato said he believes Lendof-Gonzalez, a citizen of the Dominican Republic who was living in the Town of Lockport, will be deported if he is ever released from prison.

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