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LOCKPORT – A man who took part in a failed attempt to burglarize a Niagara Falls home pleaded guilty Monday in Niagara County Court.

David J. Cessna, 23, of Girard Avenue in the Falls, pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree burglary and was assigned by Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

Cessna and Anthony P. Taibi, 24, of LaSalle Avenue, were caught in the act of breaking into a home on Jerauld Avenue Dec. 5, as a neighbor called police. At the time, Taibi pleaded guilty last month to that incident and another burglary and also was assigned to diversion.

Cessna faces up to four years in prison if he fails in the treatment program, while Taibi’s two charges place his maximum sentence at 11 years. Both will have their charges reduced to misdemeanors with no jail time if they successfully complete treatment.

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