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Man takes plea in Niagara Falls stomping attack

LOCKPORT – Darryl J. Hill, who stomped a man 14 times outside a Niagara Falls gas station July 27, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Monday.

State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski scheduled sentencing March 24 for Hill, who admitted to first-degree assault after originally being indicted on a charge of attempted murder.

Hill, 37, of Niagara Avenue in the Falls, pleaded guilty in exchange for a pledge from Michalski to sentence him to no more than 15 years in state prison. The legal maximum for the charge is 25 years.

The least Hill can receive is eight years, defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. said.

The victim of the attack suffered a traumatic brain injury and remains in a Buffalo rehabilitation center, Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said last week.

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