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Lockport robber remains optimistic despite prison term

LOCKPORT - A woman who robbed a Lockport gas station and spoiled a chance at probation with another robbery arrest remained optimistic about her life prospects Friday, despite receiving a prison sentence of three to six years.

Constance C. Thornton

"God is still in the forgiving business," Constance C. Thornton told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Lockport. "I don't give up on myself, and God hasn't given up on me."

Thornton, 34, of Ohio Street, Lockport, pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery for holding up a Sunoco station at South Transit and Robinson roads in the Town of Lockport March 30. She stole $50.

Murphy gave Thornton a chance to prove herself on interim probation, but she was kicked out of that program Jan. 13.

"She failed miserably because she was arrested in Erie County for another robbery," Assistant District Attorney Ryan K. Parisi said.

Thornton also was convicted of a robbery in 2011.

Defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. blamed Thornton's troubles on mental health problems.

"She's hopeful she will get the treatment she needs," Faso said.


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