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Falls man, facing four felonies, considers plea offer

LOCKPORT – Regis M. Cox, charged with three drug felonies and a perjury count, is to return to Niagara County Court Tuesday to consider a plea offer.

Cox, 21, of Willow Avenue, Niagara Falls, has been offered a plea to three separate Class D felonies to wrap up the four cases. After Cox conferred with defense attorney Robert Viola outside the courtroom of County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III Friday, Viola asked for an adjournment.

Cox was arrested Jan. 3 when police said they found him asleep at the wheel of his car, and officers found 1.83 grams of alleged cocaine.

On July 14, Cox testified in a pretrial evidence-suppression hearing that Detective Thomas Rodriguez fabricated evidence against him, but Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner established that Rodriguez wasn’t working that day and obtained a perjury indictment.

She said Cox also is accused of a subsequent drug sale and of having cocaine in his pants pocket when a probation officer visited his home.