Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A Lockport man could be facing up to 15 years in state prison for an attempted rape of a child less than 11 years old.
Robert M. Felvus, 20, 55 Adam St., pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree attempted rape, a class C nonviolent felony.
Niagara County Judge Sara S. Farkas said as part of the plea deal the sentence for Felvus would range from three-and-a-half to 15 years. He would also have five to 15 years of post-release supervision.
Felvus admitted attempting to rape the child in December. The rape charge resulted in a violation of probation for Felvus, who was convicted in 2008 on two arson charges and placed on five years probation.
Felvus also had not finished paying restitution to the arson victims and an alcoholic container was found in his home during a probation officer visit.
Farkas said a sentence for the probation violation will run concurrent with the rape sentence. Felvus will be sentenced Sept. 20.
In another case before Farkas, Donald M. Walls, 33, 318 Walnut St. agreed to a plea deal that includes the court’s judicial drug diversion program. Walls pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree burglary, a D nonviolent felony. It’s his second felony conviction, the first coming in October 2007 for burglary.
Walls was accepted into the diversion program after admitting to using cocaine two to three days a week, while also using marijuana on a daily basis. He went through treatment twice.
In February, Walls and Leslie Luxon were arrested by Niagara Sheriff’s deputies for taking copper piping from a Wilson-Cambria Road residence.
If he fails in the program, Walls could spend three-and-a-half to seven years in state prison. If Walls succeeds he would be allowed to plead guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespassing and sentenced to no more than three years of probation, Farkas said. Either way, Walls and Luxon are responsible for repaying $3,550 in restitution.
And if Walls was to do extremely well in diversion, Farkas said all charges could be dismissed.
In May, Luxon pleaded guilty to the same charge as Walls and will be sentenced next month.