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Charges reduced for two who succeeded in drug treatment

LOCKPORT – Two Erie County men who succeeded in the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment collected their legal rewards in Lockport courtrooms this week.

Jonathan M. Johnson, 25, of Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, was granted a conditional discharge Tuesday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Johnson’s felony plea for having nearly one-third of an ounce of cocaine in a Lockport traffic stop in 2011 was reduced to a misdemeanor, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The same plea reduction was granted Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to Christopher C. Lewis, 35, of Peach Street, Lackawanna. He is to be sentenced March 12 but will do no worse than probation.

Lewis, a former Niagara Falls resident, had pleaded guilty to selling oxymorphone twice in the Falls in September 2011.

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