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Niagara Falls man faces 10-year sentence for armed standoff

Ivan Perez, who armed himself with a machete and barricaded himself in his Niagara Falls bedroom with his two small daughters on the night of Feb. 3-4, accepted a plea offer Thursday.

Perez, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted second-degree kidnapping in exchange for a pledge from Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to sentence him to no more than 10 years in prison. Murphy will make the call Sept. 28.

Perez was living on 69th Street with the children and their mother, to whom he was not married, when the two-hour standoff occurred.

In court, Perez listed four psychiatric drugs he is taking and said he's been diagnosed with several mental illnesses.  Assistant Public Defender Christopher A. Privateer said he had concluded that a mental health defense would not succeed at a trial.

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