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LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who pleaded guilty to two felonies Friday in Niagara County Court could go to prison for as long as 16 years if he fails in the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

“I see this as an opportunity to reduce those charges and turn my life around,” said Mark A. Maroney, 28, of Elmwood Avenue, who admitted to third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Maroney was arrested Oct. 22 and charged with stealing copper from the former Fallside Hotel, 401 Buffalo Ave. He also admitted that he sold heroin in the Falls Nov. 12.

If Maroney succeeds in the two-year diversion program, County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said, his charges will be reduced to misdemeanors with no jail time.

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