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West Seneca man admits to burglarizing Lockport tire store

LOCKPORT – A West Seneca man was admitted Thursday to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III after he pleaded guilty to burglarizing a tire store in the Town of Lockport.

John H. Kelley, 57, of Kirkwood Drive, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary for the break-in at Tread City Tire on South Transit Road, to which he was connected by some DNA evidence, Assistant District Attorney Ryan K. Parisi said. Kelley risks up to seven years in prison if he fails in drug treatment, but his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a nonjail sentence if he succeeds.

Kelley has seven previous felonies and 29 misdemeanor convictions, Parisi noted at a previous court appearance in the case.