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Mentally ill burglar sentenced to probation

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls woman with a criminal record dating back to 1984 was placed on five years’ probation Thursday and ordered into Niagara Falls Mental Health Court by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon.

Andrea I. Jordan, 48, of Falls Street, had pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree burglary for trying to steal ramen noodles and macaroni and cheese from a home on 19th Street in Niagara Falls on Nov. 17, 2014.

Sheldon said Jordan must stick with her mental health treatment if she wants to avoid a state prison term of as long as seven years. She told Jordan she needs treatment because she is “combative, disruptive and argumentative. You probably don’t even realize you’re doing it … That’s part of the illness.”

Sheldon said Jordan’s criminal record is “petty stuff, but it’s consistent … The people who live in the neighborhood have had it with you.”