A late arriving pre-sentence report has led to a delay in the sentencing of an Illinois man who pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court to a charge stemming from a November 2019 robbery of a North Tonawanda convenience store.
Christopher Lindsey, 30, from Peoria, Illinois, pleaded guilty to a single count of second-degree robbery and is facing a potential prison sentence of 3 1/2 to 15 years.
Lindsey's defense attorney told Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that he received a pre-sentence report and recommendation on his client just minutes before the planned sentencing Monday afternoon. Murphy granted him an adjournment to review the report and "go over it" with his client.
Murphy has made no commitment on Lindsey's possible sentence. Lindsey was originally charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree criminal use of a firearm.
North Tonawanda police said Lindsey held up a clerk at the 7-Eleven store in the 400 block of Oliver Street. At the time of the robbery, police said Lindsey had been staying with friends at an apartment elsewhere on Oliver Street.
Investigators executed a search warrant at the apartment and seized a gun that they said linked Lindsey to the 7-Eleven robbery and others in the Western New York area. The gun was described as a replica Walther PPK BB gun pistol.
Detectives said the pistol "had the look and feel of a genuine Walther PPK pistol", a weapon made popular in the James Bond movie series. Investigators said Lindsey confessed to his involvement in the North Tonawanda robbery and others.