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Minimum sentence extended in Lockport hitman case

A judge added 2 1/3 to seven years to Benito Lendof-Gonzalez's prison sentence. He already is serving 17 years to life in prison for trying to hire someone to kill his wife and mother-in-law.

That means his first chance at parole will come after 19 1/3 years.

Benito Lendof-Gonzalez (Courtesy Niagara County Sheriff's Office)

State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski added the time for Lendof-Gonzalez's efforts to hire someone to kill a Niagara County corrections officer to help him escape from custody during a trip to court Sept. 28, 2016.

Michalski of the Town of Lockport previously imposed the 17-to-life sentence on Lendof-Gonzalez, 35, for his effort to have the two women killed in the wake of an April 24, 2016, domestic violence incident that landed him behind bars in the first place. He admitted to a misdemeanor criminal contempt charge for that incident.

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