LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls woman, who robbed a 7-Eleven store in the Falls and escaped from police on a hospital visit after becoming ill in jail, will try to become drug-free – or face up to eight years in prison.
Mariah E. Long, 19, who pleaded guilty Friday to fourth-degree grand larceny and attempted first-degree escape, will remain in jail until Feb. 11, when she enters Niagara Falls Drug Court and will likely be shipped to an inpatient drug treatment facility. Long, who said she has lived intermittently with her aunt in Lewiston, told Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon of her two previous failed attempts at outpatient rehab.
Sheldon told Long that if she succeeds in the judicial diversion program, her felonies will be reduced to misdemeanors with a nonjail sentence. The diversion program lasts up to two years. Sheldon put off sentencing on Long’s violation of a conditional discharge on an unrelated criminal trespass case until the felonies are resolved.
Long robbed a 7-Eleven Oct. 24. Three days later, taken from the County Jail to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport, she escaped from a deputy in the emergency room and stole a pickup truck to try to get away, but was caught a few hours later.