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LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man, charged with two drug deals and a strongarm robbery, pleaded guilty Thursday to gain entry to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

If Gino A. Fascitelli, 42, of Allen Street, succeeds in the treatment program, his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a probation sentence. But if he fails, as a repeat felon, he faces up to 12 years in state prison, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas warned.

Fascitelli admitted to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine to a police informant March 5 in North Tonawanda. He also had been charged with a second cocaine sale March 8 and with robbing a man of his bicycle and his wallet April 30.

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