LOCKPORT – A man who testified as a jailhouse informant in a recent attempted murder trial in Niagara County Court pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection with a home invasion.
However, it wasn’t much of a deal for Nicholas A. Cimino III, 31, of Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls. Originally charged with second-degree burglary, he pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 12 by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. At least two years of prison time is mandatory, because Cimino is a repeat felon.
He entered a home on Lindbergh Avenue in the Falls Jan. 19 and fought with a 78-year-old man he tried to rob.
Cimino testified last month at the trial of Javon J. Ellison Sr. that Ellison told him in jail that he had shot a man and tried to bribe the victim not to testify against him. Ellison, 25, of Niagara Falls, was convicted of attempted murder and other counts and is awaiting sentencing.