LOCKPORT – A man who was caught in the act of cutting copper pipes in a vacant house in the City of Lockport last month pleaded guilty Tuesday and was assigned by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.
Pernell L. Hobbs, 31, of Pound Street, Lockport, admitted to third-degree burglary. He risks up to seven years in prison if he fails in drug treatment, but if he succeeds, his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a nonjail sentence.
“I have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” said Hobbs, who was arrested June 18 at 67 Scovell St. Assistant District Attorney Ryan K. Parisi said Hobbs had cut and stacked pieces of pipe, which Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said Hobbs intended to sell to obtain money to buy drugs.
Charges in the case are still pending against Hobbs’ sister, Essence E. Hobbs, 23, of Grand Street, Lockport.