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Prison for mentally ill man in Lockport burglary

LOCKPORT – A man who has been receiving mental health treatment since age 6 was sentenced to one to three years in prison Thursday for stealing a computer Feb. 25 from an apartment in Lockport’s Urban Park Towers.

Andrew J. Johnson, 26, of Robinson Road, had pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ordered him to repay the victim $750 after he is released from prison.

The judge also recommended an assignment to Marcy Correctional Facility, which she believes has the best program in the state prison system for treating criminals who have mental health and drug problems. Farkas said Johnson, who has been hospitalized seven times for mental problems, usually stops taking his medications because he doesn’t want to feel “drugged up,” but he does smoke marijuana and drink.

“This is a sad case, quite frankly,” Farkas said.

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