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Niagara Falls man rejects plea offer in cases involving homicide

Charles L. Walker Jr. of Niagara Falls, who is charged with committing one murder and assisting in another, rejected a plea offer Wednesday that included a 15-year prison sentence.

Charles L. Walker Jr. (Courtesy Niagara County Sheriff's Office)

Walker faces a maximum of 47 years to life if convicted on all counts, Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said.

Defense attorney Robert Viola obtained a Friday court date so Walker, 24, would have time to reconsider the deal.

It calls for guilty pleas to first-degree manslaughter for the Dec. 5 shooting death of Ladrae Walker, 26, no relation, and to attempted hindering prosecution for driving Denzel K. Lewis to and from a gas station where Lewis allegedly shot and killed Lerowne Harris, 35, on Oct. 14. Lewis and Walker are to be tried in the latter case Monday.

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