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Lockport man pleads guilty to assault and could be sentenced to prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 December 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Lockport man pleaded guilty today in Orleans County Court to attempted assault in the second degree.

Markel Hill, 25, could face up to 1 ½ to 3 years in state prison when he is sentenced on March 14. The charge normally carries a maximum to 2 to 4 years in state prison. If Hill’s sentence is longer than 1 ½ to 3 years, he can withdraw the plea and go to trial.

He admitted in court today he punched a woman in the face on Oct. 9, 2014. He was arrested by the Medina Police Department and charged with second-degree assault.

The woman who was punched in the face suffered a broken jaw and needed surgery. Her mouth was wired shut. She continues to suffer pain from the injury, District Attorney Joe Cardone said.

Judge Punch could also issue an order of protection, and require a DNA fee and surcharge when Hill is sentenced.