LOCKPORT – Kelvin W. Robinson, whose guilty plea to the stabbing death of his wife was thrown out on appeal, has been given until Thursday to consider a plea offer that would reduce his minimum sentence but still leave him risking life in prison if he can’t persuade the Parole Board to release him.
Robinson, 56, stabbed his wife, Coleen Robinson, 38, to death in their home on Niagara Avenue in Niagara Falls on March 14, 2004. He pleaded guilty later that year to second-degree murder under the section of law referring to killing with “depraved indifference to human life,” which subsequent court rulings have altered. Robinson’s admissions in court didn’t correspond to the conditions of that section, so his plea was thrown out earlier this year and he is now charged only with intentional murder.
Special prosecutor James F. Bargnesi on Wednesday offered Robinson a chance to plead guilty as charged in return for a sentence of 15 years to life in prison. He had been serving 18 years to life before his conviction was overturned in June by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court.