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Falls teenager pleads guilty in home invasions

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls teenager accepted a plea-bargain Friday in two home invasion cases and a separate burglary, as State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. warned him not to throw his life away on crime.

Gregory Minor, 18, of Niagara Avenue, settled the cased by pleading guilty to two reduced counts of attempted second-degree burglary in exchange for Kloch’s commitment to make the sentences run concurrently and limit them to four years behind bars. Minor, who had no prior criminal record, is jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail to await sentencing Nov. 20.

Minor and another unidentified man forced their way into another Niagara Avenue home Sept. 16, 2014, and Dec. 20, and Minor also was caught in the act of burglarizing a 15th Street home Dec. 28.

Kloch noted that Minor was associating with such prominent Falls criminals as Darrell J. Belton Jr., who last week was sentenced to 40 years to life for murder, and Joachim S. Sylvester, who may be sentenced to as long as 40 years for an attempted murder conviction he is challenging.

“You’ve got to think that’s a really screwed-up gang,” Kloch told Minor. “You’ve got to break out of that crew.”