Share this article

print logo

Lockport burglar gives up on drug treatment

LOCKPORT – A woman who was placed in a court-supervised drug treatment program after pleading guilty to a burglary did not object when she was removed from the program Thursday.

Essence E. Hobbs, 23, of Grand Street, Lockport, had violated the rules of the judicial diversion program several times. Now she faces up to seven years in prison when Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III sentences her June 2 for third-degree burglary.

“She doesn’t believe the diversion program and drug court are right for her,” defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. said.

Hobbs and her brother, Pernell L. Hobbs, 31, of Pound Street, Lockport, had pleaded guilty to trying to steal copper pipes from a vacant house on Scovell Street in Lockport on June 18. The elder Hobbs also went to the diversion program and remains in it.

Also Thursday, former burglar Lance E. Herie, who succeeded in diversion, was granted a conditional discharge by Murphy. Herie, 41, of 17th Street, Niagara Falls, had his felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor after beating his addiction to opiates. Herie had admitted to breaking into two commercial buildings in the Falls to try to steal copper in 2011 and 2012.