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Second guilty plea entered in robbery and slaying

LOCKPORT -- A second defendant in the robbery and murder of a Niagara University student has pleaded guilty, Niagara County Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Tuesday.

Cordero R. Gibson, 20, of Niagara Falls, admitted Friday to first-degree manslaughter. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas promised to sentence him to no more than 18 years in prison when he returns to court Aug. 22.

The sentencing for co-defendant Gordon N. Jackson, 18, of Lockport Street, Niagara Falls, also has been moved to that date. Jackson pleaded guilty May 18 to second-degree murder and was promised a sentencing cap of 21 years to life.

Jackson shot Brandon Johnson, 20, of Rochester, to death in the victim's University Court apartment Dec. 8. Gibson drove Jackson to the scene and was present for the robbery attempt, Hoffmann said.


Deliveryman robbed by two and stabbed

NIAGARA FALLS -- A pizza deliveryman was robbed at knifepoint by two men and stabbed late Sunday in the 1500 block of Whitney Avenue.

The 50-year-old driver for Submasters said he was called to deliver $32 worth of pizza, wings and subs to the area just after 10 p.m. and was approached by two men who demanded the food and his cash. He said they took $100 in cash. One of the men then stabbed him in the left upper arm. He was treated in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, and later released.

A resident of the house told police that she was home with her two children and did not order food.


Jail sentence stayed in signboards case

LOCKPORT -- The 15-day jail sentence for a Town of Lockport businessman, twice convicted of violating the town's law against video signboards, has been stayed until Sept. 24.

Frank T. Housh, attorney for auto repair shop owner David J. Mongielo, said Tuesday that Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III has scheduled oral arguments on the appeal for Sept. 7.

Housh said he will challenge both of Mongielo's convictions as well as the constitutionality of the sign law.

Town Justice Raymond E. Schilling, who convicted Mongielo in a pair of nonjury trials in 2010 and 2011, imposed the jail time because Mongielo violated a conditional discharge on his first conviction by violating the law again. Mongielo was to have reported to jail May 17, but the sentence was stayed.


Man robbed of $850 and shot in the leg

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man was shot and injured in an armed robbery in an alley in the 1300 block between LaSalle and Ashland avenues early Tuesday.

The 28-year-old man told police he was walking home from a local grocery store just after 1:30 a.m., when three men approached him and demanded all his money. He said one of the three men pointed a short-barrelled shotgun at him and he gave the men all the money he had, $850.

The victim said he tried to flee and was shot in the upper leg. Investigators said he was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and later released.

The gunman was described as a black male in his 20s, heavyset, about 5-foot-7, with dark shorts and a blue and white striped short-sleeve shirt.


Guilty plea entered to cocaine trafficking

A Jonesboro, Ga., man pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to a cocaine trafficking charge that could keep him behind bars for a year.

Louis Manuel Jr., 32, also faces a fine of up to $100,000 when he is sentenced Sept. 7.

Manuel was one of 20 suspects arrested in May 2011 for their alleged involvement in a multistate, multi-kilogram cocaine distribution network operating between Buffalo and Houston, Texas.

He is the third defendant convicted in the case. His brother, David, recently pleaded guilty before Arcara to a cocaine possession charge.


Gunman on bicycle shoots man in leg outside store

A University Heights man suffered a minor gunshot wound to the left leg late Monday outside a grocery store at Broadway and Sweet Avenue, authorities said Tuesday.

Dequam Simmions was taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and later released.


Man facing multiple charges in assault of woman

A Buffalo man was charged with with punching, choking and knocking unconscious a Warring Avenue woman.

Ramon Ocampo-Reyes, 27, was charged with second-degree strangulation, third-degree assault, harassment and aggravated criminal contempt. The last charge accuses him of violating a court order of protection the woman obtained against him last June from then-City Judge Sharon M. LoVallo, police said.