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Lockport man takes plea in throat-slashing case

Marquis M. Hill of Lockport, facing a potential sentence of life in prison if convicted at trial, accepted a plea offer Friday that limits his sentence to 15 years for slashing a man's throat with a knife.

"I'm not trying to get put away for the rest of my life for one mistake," said Hill, 34, of Genesee Street, regarding the July 30 attack in the victim's Market Street home.

The incident was triggered by an argument while they were playing video games. Hill was indicted for attempted murder.

Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Hill could have faced a life sentence as a persistent felon. His record includes prison sentences for escape, auto theft and grand larceny of jewelry. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. will sentence Hill April 6.

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