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Clarence man admits possession of stolen handgun

LOCKPORT – A Clarence man, who was relieved of his handgun by a man he tried to rob on July 16 in the Town of Lockport, pleaded guilty to a weapons charge Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Gregory S. Longwell, 35, of Bodine Road, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and was scheduled for sentencing Nov. 10 by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Police said at the time of the arrest that Longwell had used a .25-caliber pistol that had been reported stolen from a Clarence home. The robbery attempt in Lockport didn’t work out well for Longwell, as police said the intended victim not only got Longwell’s gun away from him but also grabbed his car keys. Longwell now faces a maximum of seven years in state prison.