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Group home slaying suspect to withdraw plea

LOCKPORT — A judge will hear arguments next week in the case of a teen who wants to withdraw his plea in the bludgeoning death of a western New York group home worker.

Eighteen-year-old Robert Thousand was scheduled to be sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of 24-year-old counselor Renee Greco. But the hearing’s been postponed until Dec. 22. That’s when a Niagara County judge will hear Thousand’s reasons for wanting to withdraw his plea. If the motion is denied, he will be sentenced.

Last week, 19-year-old Anthony Allen was sentenced to 25 years to life for the 2009 killing at Avenue House in Lockport, north of Buffalo. Authorities believe Thousand threw a blanket over Greco’s head and Allen beat her with a wooden table leg.