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LOCKPORT – Two Niagara Falls men gambled Thursday that they can beat their drug addictions in a court-supervised treatment program, risking prison sentences of up to 12 years if they fail.

George M. Stephens, 33, of Fourth Street, and Roland T. White, 40, of McKoon Avenue, both repeat felons who have failed three times each in drug rehab programs, pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas and were admitted to the judicial diversion program. Successful treatment means their charges will be reduced to misdemeanors with probation sentences.

Stephens pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having crack cocaine with the intention of selling it Jan. 17 in the City of Lockport. White admitted to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling crack Dec. 13, 2012 in the Falls.

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