LOCKPORT – A Lockport man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for his part in the armed invasion of a Niagara Falls man’s home last year.
Edwin K. Ridgeway, 26, of East Avenue, pleaded guilty June 2 to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree robbery. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas also imposed five years of post-release supervision on Ridgeway, a second-time violent felon. He was paroled in August 2013 after serving 14 months for a burglary.
A co-defendant in the home invasion, Robert J. Thornton, 25, of Fairfield Avenue in the Falls, pleaded guilty to the same charge as Ridgeway and is awaiting sentencing.
The victim, Ruben G. Longoria, owner of a Niagara Falls pawn shop, was slashed with a machete in the attack. He is serving a five-year probation term for selling stolen items in his shop, Casino Buy & Sell.