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Lockport man pleads guilty in robbery outside Kenan Arena

LOCKPORT – A man who took part in the robbery of a skateboarder April 13 outside Lockport’s Kenan Arena pleaded guilty Friday in Niagara County Court.

Benjamin J. Fountain, 20, of Pound Street, admitted to third-degree robbery and was scheduled for sentencing July 27 by Judge Sara Sheldon, who could give him up to seven years in prison. Fountain and Rodney C. Hill, 17, of High Street, were charged with knocking down the victim and breaking his glasses before stealing a knife from his pocket.

Hill refused to plead guilty Wednesday, declining to cooperate against Fountain. Now that Fountain has pleaded guilty, Hill is expected back in court next week, Assistant District Attorney John P. Granchelli said. The victim is owed $115 in restitution.

In the plea deal, another robbery charge against Fountain, stemming from an April 15 incident on Harvey Avenue, was dropped, and Sheldon reduced his bail from $15,000 to $5,000.