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Lockport hospital robber pleads guilty; will enter drug rehab before sentencing

Adam D. Kibler

LOCKPORT - Adam D. Kibler, the Lockport man who brought two rifles and a fake bomb into the Eastern Niagara Hospital emergency department looking to steal painkillers last year, pleaded guilty Tuesday but will undergo drug rehabilitation before a judge sentences him on May 30.

Kibler, 24, of LeVan Avenue, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery. The conviction carries a maximum seven-year prison term. But Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III allowed him to be released Wednesday from jail, where he's been held for more than nine months, to enter an inpatient drug treatment program.

Defense attorney Barry N. Covert said the program will last three to six months.

Kibler entered the emergency department at about 4:45 a.m. May 7, demanding the opioid painkillers OxyContin and Dilaudid. After he left with some Dilaudid, a police officer just arriving at the scene fired two shots, missing the suspect, who was arrested a few hours later.

The Kibler case was not presented to a grand jury, as Covert obtained several adjournments to make arrangements to treat Kibler's drug addiction.

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