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FALLS RAPIST GETS 15 YEARS IN PRISON

A Niagara Falls rapist was sentenced to 15 years in prison this week by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

In a jury trial, Carlton D. Williams, 32, of LaSalle Avenue, was convicted Sept. 7 of first-degree rape and four other counts stemming from an Aug. 16, 2003, incident in Niagara Falls. Williams' victim was a 16-year-old girl with whom he smoked crack cocaine before attacking her.

Meanwhile, Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. sentenced Lanique J. Taylor, 28, of Maple Avenue, Newfane, to five years' probation, beginning with six months in jail, for burglarizing his ex-girlfriend's Lockport apartment on Oct. 19, 2002. An estimated $4,200 worth of property was stolen. Taylor had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree burglary.

In another burglary case, Michael C. Dean, 19, of North Ridge Road, Cambria, became the third teenager to plead guilty before Broderick to attempted third-degree burglary in a May 4 attempt to break into a home on Beebe Road in Wilson.

Previous pleas were entered in the case by Joseph Schmidli, 17, of North Ridge Road, and Casey McHenry, whose age and address were unavailable. The three got into an enclosed porch but failed to enter the house.

Victor M. Moore, 28, of Fifth Avenue, North Tonawanda, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree burglary for breaking into Brenda J. Taylor's apartment in the same building and stealing a stereo. Broderick set sentencing for Jan. 7.

Broderick sent Lawrence R. Humphrey, 29, of Goulding Avenue, Buffalo, to jail for a year for attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The weapon was a loaded .32-caliber revolver Town of Niagara police found after arresting Humphrey and another man following a reckless driving complaint in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on Porter Road on June 14, 2003.

Co-defendant Michael P. Vicki, 22, of Norman Street, Town of Niagara, is awaiting sentencing for fourth-degree marijuana possession. Police found a 100-gram bag of the drug under the car's gas cap.

Sperrazza sentenced Ronald P. Siner, 27, of Ninth Street, Niagara Falls, to time served and five years' probation for felony driving while intoxicated. Siner was arrested Jan. 17 in Niagara Falls.

Sylvester Styles, 43, of Southview Drive, Lockport, pleaded guilty to felony DWI before Broderick, who scheduled sentencing Dec. 16.

e-mail: tprohaska@buffnews.com

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