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Veteran burglar faces possible life sentence

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who has served two state prison sentences for burglary since the turn of the century faces a possible term of 12 years to life in prison if he is convicted on a new burglary indictment, Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said in Niagara County Court Monday.

Eugene Stewart, 55, of Niagara Avenue, is charged with burglarizing a garage and attempting to burglarize a house at the same 13th Street address in the Falls April 21. Stewart also allegedly fought with arresting officer John Marcyan, who suffered a shoulder injury. Stewart would be classified as a persistent felon if convicted again, the prosecutor said.

Stewart pleaded not guilty to third-degree burglary, attempted second-degree burglary, petit larceny, second-degree assault, resisting arrest and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief.

County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ordered him held without bail. Stewart was paroled from his last seven-year prison term in November, and also served 14 months from November 2002 to January 2004.

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