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Falls man takes plea in assaults on women

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who had been charged with assaulting three women – two of his girlfriends and one of their mothers – settled the case by pleading guilty to two felonies Wednesday.

Marquan D. Florence, 23, of LaSalle Avenue, admitted to first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree strangulation. He faces up to 11 years in prison when he is sentenced June 26 by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Florence had been indicted on 22 counts accusing him of violating restraining orders by roughing up the women on 12 dates between March 18, 2012, and Sept. 22.