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Homeless man pleads guilty to Lockport burglary

LOCKPORT – A 44-year-old homeless man who was recently released from a state psychiatric center pleaded guilty Thursday to a burglary in Lockport.

Kevin J. Horton will likely be sentenced to probation and an assignment to mental health court, State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said. Horton remains in the Niagara County Jail awaiting sentencing June 9. Kloch urged Assistant Public Defender Charles F. Pitarresi to work with the county Social Services Department to find Horton a place to live if he is placed on probation or bailed out.

Horton pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree burglary, stemming from a June 27, 2014, incident on Works Place in Lockport. The maximum sentence is four years in prison, but counting his time in the psychiatric center, Horton already has served nearly two years.