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Niagara Falls man completes drug felony ‘hat trick’

LOCKPORT – Joseph J. Mauldin, a Niagara Falls man who is finishing up one sentence for a drug felony and about to begin another, was handed a third sentence Friday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon.

Mauldin, 47, of Ashland Avenue, was sentenced to two years in prison and two years of post-release supervision for fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling crack cocaine June 21 and 30, 2014. That was before he went to prison for 18 months for some cocaine deals that occurred in August 2013. Defense attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said that on Dec. 31, Mauldin will begin a sentence of a year and a day in federal custody for violating parole on a 2009 conviction for conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

Sheldon said Mauldin’s new sentence will run concurrently with the others.