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Lockport man sent to prison in home invasion, mugging

LOCKPORT – Two to three years in prison and three years of post-release supervision was the sentence Tuesday for a Lockport man who pleaded guilty in connection with a home invasion and a mugging.

Demitrius T. Cole, 19, of Gooding Street, was sentenced by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas for attempted second-degree robbery and third-degree burglary.

Cole admitted that he was one of three men who robbed a Pine Street man in his apartment March 29, and stole an iPod from a Niagara Falls man on Main Street in Lockport April 2. All other participants in both crimes previously were granted youthful offender status.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said Cole, a tall man who has lost 100 pounds in jail, was taken to the home invasion, which was supposed to be a marijuana deal, to provide “the intimidating factor.”

“I am not a criminal,” Cole insisted. But Farkas noted that he has three previous misdemeanor convictions and one violation. “That makes you a criminal. Now you have hit the big time,” the judge said.