LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man charged with attempted murder turned down a plea offer Thursday in State Supreme Court that would have limited his prison time to three years. He risks a 25-year maximum sentence if he is convicted in a trial scheduled to begin Sept. 15.
Michael A. Hewitt, 37, was indicted in December on charges of trying to kill a woman during a domestic incident in the Falls on the night of Nov. 1-2. Besides attempted murder, the charges include second-degree assault, attempted second-degree assault, second-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree strangulation.
Hewitt allegedly choked the woman into unconsciousness, struck her with a sneaker and stole property from her. Thursday, he said no to a June 4 offer to plead guilty to second-degree assault in exchange for the minimum sentence of three years behind bars plus five years of post-release supervision.
Hewitt is being held without bail. When he was arrested in the Falls, he was on parole from a sentence in Ohio for assaulting a woman, Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre said.