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Burglars plead guilty, are assigned to judicial diversion

LOCKPORT – Two drug-using burglars pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in separate cases here Friday and were assigned to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

Jamie L. McGuire, 32, of James Drive, Lewiston, and Michael S. Empson, 27, of Youngstown-Lockport Road, Porter, each face up to seven years in prison if they wash out of the treatment program, but their charges will be cut to misdemeanors with non-jail sentencing if they succeed.

Before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., McGuire admitted entering a home on Elliott Drive in Lewiston Dec. 10. A police dog tracked her footprints in the snow to her home.

Empson entered his plea in the courtroom of Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas. Empson committed a theft at the Wegmans supermarket on Military Road in the Town of Niagara June 16, but since he had been banned from the store because of prior shoplifting incidents, the latest one qualified as a burglary, prosecutors said.

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