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Falls man imprisoned for cocaine possession

LOCKPORT – Second-time drug felon Anthony L. Hill Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to four years in state prison, plus three years of post-release supervision, for having four ounces of cocaine when Niagara Falls police stopped his car last year.

Hill, 25, of 15th Street, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He and three passengers were arrested after the April 26, 2014, car stop. Police also found a loaded handgun, which Hill denied owning. One of the three women also arrested, Domonique L. Hilson, 19, was placed on three years’ probation after admitting to a misdemeanor; charges against the other two women were dismissed in a plea bargain.

A tearful Hill told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that he has a new baby. “I want to be here for my daugthter,” he begged the judge.

Murphy noted that the presentencing report from a probation officer told him that Hill downs five or six vodka shots and smokes four marijuana blunts each day. “How is that helping your daughter?” the judge asked.

Hill served about two years in prison for a drug sale felony in 2009.