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Court officers subdue convicted rapist after sentencing outburst

Edward Lockwood (Courtesy Niagara County Sheriff's Office)

Edward Lockwood did not go quietly off to prison – possibly for the rest of his life – during his sentencing on sex abuse charges in Niagara County Court on Friday.

Lockwood, 57, slammed his head on a courtroom table and then struggled with court officers after Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon imposed a maximum 50-year sentence followed by 20 years of supervision as a registered sex offender.

He was convicted in August for repeatedly raping and sexually abusing a prostitute in his Schenck Street home in North Tonawanda between August 2017 and January 2018. He also recorded the crimes on his cellphone.

Lockwood faced a total of 60 sex offense charges – 39 of unlawful surveillance, 11 of sexual abuse, eight of committing a criminal sex act, and two of rape. A jury returned his conviction after a two-week trial, deliberating less than an hour.

Lockwood addressed the court for more than an hour during his sentencing appearance. Afterward, he was examined at the county jail and transferred to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for psychiatric observation, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour said.

First Assistant District Attorney Holly Sloma prosecuted the case with Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Grundy of the Special Victim’s Unit. The North Tonawanda Detective Bureau conducted the investigation. Assistant Public Defenders Michelle Bergevin and A. Joseph Catalano defended Lockwood.

“I give high praise to the victim in this matter, who saw this case through to the end,” Sloma said.

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