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Defendants face sentencing after guilty pleas

An Ellicottville man faces sentencing in April for drug possession.

Jack D. Atkinson, 31, of Mechanic Street, pleaded guilty Monday before Cattaraugus County Judge Larry M. Himelein to fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance -- concentrated cannabis -- third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.

District Attorney Edward M. Sharkey said Atkinson's charges stem from incidents last year in the Village of Ellicottville.

Sharkey said Atkinson and others who entered guilty pleas will be sentenced in coming weeks.

* Howard R. Boutelle Jr., 40, of Jamestown pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated Nov. 29 in the Village of South Dayton.

* Peter Seekins, 20, of Little Valley pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary of a Little Valley building in October 2004.

* Arnett M. Hughes, 17, of Little Valley pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and making a false written statement last June in Little Valley.

* Christopher C. Eagan, 25, of Rochester pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and without a license, Sept. 11 in Napoli.

* Tyler A. DeMart, 17, of Salamanca pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary in Salamanca.

* Kenneth J. Wolter, 35, of Delevan pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated Oct. 9 in Yorkshire.

In a non-jury trial, Himelein convicted David R. Smith, 54, of Franklinville of driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired March 24 in the Town of Franklinville.

Sentencing was scheduled for March 31.

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