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Falls man takes drug plea, still faces gun charge

LOCKPORT – Jimmie L. Caldwell of Niagara Falls accepted a plea offer in a drug case Thursday, but continues to face a separate indictment accusing him of entering a home with a handgun and firing at a passing car.

Caldwell, 28, of Welch Avenue, is to be sentenced by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III Aug. 26 for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He took the plea to avoid going to trial Monday on alleged drug sales May 13 and 27, 2014.

The gun incidents occurred near the corner of Whitney Avenue and 17th Street in the Falls on Dec. 22.

In another drug case Thursday, Murphy imposed three years’ probation on Domonique S. Hilson, 19, of Michigan Avenue in the Falls, who pleaded guilty to seventh-degree possession. She was one of the passengers in a car Falls police stopped April 26, 2014. They found four ounces of cocaine and a loaded gun in the vehicle. Co-defendant Anthony L. Hill Jr., 24, of Michigan Avenue, is awaiting sentencing for attempted third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.