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LOCKPORT MAN CONVICTED IN SECOND DRUG TRIAL

A Lockport man who won an appeal for a new trial in Lockport cocaine cases dating back to 1986 and 1987 was convicted of the same charges a second time by a Niagara County jury on Wednesday.

Richard Cheatham Jr., no age listed, formerly of South Transit Street, was convicted of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession stemming from incidents on June 3, 1986,and April 25, 1987.

He will be sentenced July 24 by Judge Aldo L. DiFlorio.

Cheatham already has served 20 months of a 1 1/3 to five-year prison term for his first conviction, and will probably not be returned to state prison, according to Assistant District Attorney Ned Perlman, who handled the prosecution in the second trial.

He said the apparent object of the appeal and new trial was to erase any criminal charges from Cheatham's record. He added that the appeal was based on complicated technicalities.

The defense attorney in Cheatham's new trial was Angelo A. DiMillo, with the public defender's office.

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