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LOCKPORT – A woman who withdrew her first guilty plea to drug possession entered a new plea bargain Thursday, reducing her jail time.

Dawn L. Johnson, 60, of Waterman Street, will start a nine-month Niagara County Jail sentence when she is officially sentenced June 25, County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said.

Johnson was allowed to plead guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having cocaine, Xanax and Soma in her car when police stopped it Jan. 6, 2013. She had pleaded guilty last year to a felony, attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, with a maximum 18-month sentence.

However, Johnson changed lawyers, and her new attorney, Anthony J. Lana, worked out a deal which came on the day of a hearing that had been scheduled to try to suppress the drug evidence.

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