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Niagara judges give repeat felons chances at drug treatment

LOCKPORT – Two second-time felons – a Niagara Falls crack cocaine dealer and a Lockport burglar – were sentenced Wednesday to stints in the state prison system’s secure drug treatment facility.

Michael G. Maye, 31, formerly of Whitney Avenue in the Falls, drew the assignment from Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon. Maye pleaded guilty last week to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for an Aug. 17 drug sale in the Falls.

Benjamin N. Carter, 26, of Lewis Street, Lockport, was prescribed drug treatment after pleading guilty to third-degree burglary before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Lewis burglarized a house on Washburn Street in Lockport on Feb. 17, 2015.

Both men face sentences in regular prison cells if they wash out of the 90-day treatment program: 2½ years, plus two years of post-release supervision, for Maye, and two to four years for Carter.