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Judge reduces sentence in Lockport rape case

A City of Lockport man, convicted in 2013 of raping his best friend's girlfriend, had his sentence reduced Thursday after a partially successful appeal.

A jury convicted Dalvan H. Robinson, 55, of first- and third-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse in connection with an attack on a 37-year-old woman on July 30, 2011, in a South Street home in Lockport.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III on Thursday sentenced Robinson to 5 1/2 years in prison. When Robinson was originally sentenced by Judge Sara Sheldon, he received eight years, but Sheldon had ruled him a second-time felon.

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court upheld the conviction March 24, but ordered a new sentence because Robinson's 2005 federal conviction, for conspiracy to possess more than 50 kilograms of marijuana with intent to distribute, didn't count as a felony under New York law.

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