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Two Niagara Falls men plead guilty in assaults

LOCKPORT - Two Niagara Falls men pleaded guilty in assault cases Friday in Niagara County Court.

Stephen A. Hamilton Jr., 20, of 19th Street, admitted to attempted second-degree assault for tangling with a policeman May 8 during a call at the former YMCA on Portage Road in the Falls. The officer suffered an eye injury, said Assistant District Attorney Ryan K. Parisi, who added that a likely sentence is probation plus mental health treatment when Hamilton returns to court Feb. 9.

Cody A. Rolfe, 34, of Mackenna Avenue, who already is serving a five-year state prison term for illegal gun possession, won't have to spend more time behind bars as a result of his plea to attempted second-degree assault. Judge Sara Sheldon promised him a concurrent sentence, to be imposed Feb. 10. Rolfe punched and kicked a man in a street attack April 21 in the Falls.

Also Friday, Sheldon accepted a guilty plea from Russell Wright, 34, of Eighth Street in the Falls, who admitted to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon: a loaded semiautomatic handgun that Niagara Falls police found on him April 18. Wright, a third-time felon, faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 17.



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