LOCKPORT – A drug dealer and burglar was sentenced Thursday to the state prison system’s “shock incarceration” program by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.
Pernell L. Hobbs, 32, of Pound Street, Lockport, had pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal sale of a controlled substance, both in the third degree. Hobbs had been admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment, but was ousted by Murphy after leaving a halfway house.
Hobbs was caught trying to steal copper pipes from a house on Scovell Street in Lockport June 18, and he sold crack cocaine to a police informant in Lockport May 29 and June 10. Murphy said Hobbs will serve three years in a regular cell if he doesn’t succeed in the six-month boot camp-like “shock” program. Murphy could have sentenced Hobbs to as long as 16 years behind bars.