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Judge regrets Lockport burglar’s plea deal

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon told a teenage Lockport burglar Wednesday that she regretted committing to a limit on his prison sentence.

“I wish I could give you more,” Sheldon told Tarence S. Callaham, 18, of Harvey Avenue, as she denied his request for youthful offender status and sent him to state prison for five years, plus five years of post-release supervision. When Callaham is released, he will owe a total of $1,767 in restitution to three victims. In all, he had been charged with four house burglaries in the City of Lockport and settled the case by pleading guilty to two of them – dating from Sept. 11 on East Avenue and Oct. 7 on John Street – before being indicted. The other crimes occurred Sept. 25 on Jackson Street and Oct. 11 on East Union Street.

On Jan. 13, Sheldon accepted the plea deal with the five-year sentencing cap, and stuck with her commitment. The legal maximum for the pleas Callaham entered would have been 11 years in prison.