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Wesley A. Carr, originally indicted on 24 counts stemming from a string of car thefts in 1995, has been sentenced to 2 1/2 to five years in prison by County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Carr, 34, who once lived on 13th Street in Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty Aug. 9 to two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Carr, who was living on East Lovejoy Street in Buffalo, was apprehended shortly after his picture appeared May 2 in The Buffalo News' "Crime Stoppers" feature. He was arraigned June 6 on the 5-year-old indictment.

Carr was accused of stealing vehicles belonging to three dealerships and five individuals.

The indictment charged him with eight counts of illegal possession of a vehicle identification number, four counts each of third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, two counts each of possessing a forged vehicle identification number and fourth-degree grand larceny, and one count each of third-degree grand larceny, criminal impersonation, and second- and third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

In another case Friday, David Earthman, 21, of Blake Street, Buffalo, pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was accused of trying to spend four counterfeit $50 bills on June 18, 1999, at Prime Outlets Mall, Town of Niagara.

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