LOCKPORT – Sentencing for Cordero R. Gibson, who pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of a Niagara University student last year, was delayed for two weeks Wednesday because of Gibson’s refusal to answer questions for a presentencing report by a probation officer.
The family of victim Brandon Johnson, of Rochester, was angered because of their fruitless 90-minute one-way drive to Lockport.
Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas attempted to postpone sentencing, which had been set for 9 a.m., until 3 p.m. to give Gibson a fifth chance to be interviewed by a probation officer. But after the Johnson family complained about having to spend all day in Lockport, the case was adjourned until 9 a.m. Oct. 31.
Johnson was shot in the head Dec. 8 in an apartment on University Court in Niagara Falls by Gordon N. Jackson, 18, of the Falls, who was sentenced Sept. 19 to 21 years to life in prison for second-degree murder. Gibson, 24, of Niagara Falls, joined Jackson in an attempted robbery at the apartment.
Gibson’s sentencing won’t be delayed again, Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann vowed.
Gibson had tried to have his plea canceled because he allegedly didn’t understand that it included a maximum 18-year prison term, but Farkas rejected the motion after Gibson, who had claimed illiteracy, said he read about the plea terms in a newspaper.