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LOCKPORT – A Lyndonville man, who said his drug addiction cost him his home, his family and a business he once owned, was sent to state prison Monday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Christopher Bitsas, 31, of Marshall Road, was sent to the prison system’s secure drug treatment facility, but if the treatment there doesn’t work, he’ll serve 18 months in a regular cell, plus two years of post-release supervision.

Bitsas, who said he sold all his property and a restaurant he once owned to get money for narcotics, said he became addicted to prescription painkillers several years ago. He pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling the painkiller oxymorphone to a police informant in Newfane July 23.

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