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Man pleads guilty to mugging 87-year-old woman outside restaurant

LOCKPORT - Matthew B. Biles, who broke an 87-year-old woman's wrist and nose when he knocked her down while stealing her purse, could serve up to 10 years in prison under terms of a plea bargain he accepted Monday.

Biles, 31, of Knotty Pine Drive, Town of Lockport, admitted to the Nov. 4 attack on a woman who had just exited Cammarata's Restaurant in Robinson Road in Lockport. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the woman required surgery to insert metal pins into her wrist.

The plea satisfied an indictment that also accused Biles of snatching the purse of a 73-year-old woman the next night at the same location. In the latter case, Biles was chased into a nearby mobile home park and tackled by Daniel Bronson, 21, of Lockport, quarterback of the University of Rochester football team.

Biles pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree robbery. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III agreed to give Biles no more than 10 years in prison "unless there's something unusual in the presentencing report." Biles remains in the County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail to await sentencing June 26.


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