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LOCKPORT - Jury selection for the trial of a Niagara Falls man was aborted Monday as the defendant pleaded guilty to a Jan. 23 home invasion and an unrelated drug case.
Marcel M. Walker, 23, of Pierce Avenue, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. promised him a sentence of no more than four years in prison when he returns to court Nov. 8.
Thursday, a co-defendant in the home invasion, Deonte J. Brinson, 21, of Mackenna Avenue in the Falls, pleaded guilty to two counts each of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary and single counts of third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree grand larceny in exchange for a 15-year sentencing cap. DNA evidence connected Brinson to a long gun found at the scene, but the victim, a Willow Avenue woman, identified Walker only by his voice. The invaders wore gloves and masks.
Walker risked a 25-year sentence if convicted at trial. His drug arrest came in a Sept. 21 traffic stop on 10th Street in the Falls.