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HUSBAND ADMITS TO BURGLARY IN PLEA DEAL

A Buffalo man who police said had barged in on his wife and another man in a North Tonawanda motel room March 15 pleaded guilty this week to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary.

Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. scheduled sentencing for Michael R. Lightfoot, 42, of Pauline Street, for July 31.

North Tonawanda Detective Lt. Thomas Krantz said Lightfoot was armed with a knife when he broke into a room at the B-Cozy Motel, 1200 Niagara Falls Blvd.

The man and woman were threatened but not assaulted, Krantz said.

In other action, Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza set sentencing for July 23 for a Lockport man who prosecutors said broke his former wife's nose by slamming her face into the ground.

Scott R. Stover, 33, of Ernest Road, pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree criminal contempt of court and third-degree assault.

Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Antholzner said Stover assaulted Sherri Stover on July 28 in Porter and repeatedly telephoned her Jan. 9, all in violation of court orders of protection.

In other cases:

Patrick J. Brick, 35, of Vandervoort Street, North Tonawanda, pleaded not guilty to first-degree criminal contempt of court, aggravated contempt, third-degree menacing and third-degree assault.

He is accused of choking his wife, Karen, on April 12 and violating a court order of protection.

Broderick set sentencing for July 24 for Jason M. Seyler, 31, of Ontario Avenue, Niagara Falls, who pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree sexual abuse.

Seyler was accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl Oct. 13 in Niagara Falls, Assistant District Attorney Susan B. Bjornholm said.

Sperrazza sentenced James C. Colbert, 19, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, to one to three years in prison for third-degree burglary and attempted third-degree burglary.

Dec. 21, Colbert broke into homes on Bennett and Sommer streets in North Tonawanda. Adam N. Gravelle, 19, of Oliver Street, who admitted involvement in the Bennett Street break-in, was placed on probation last week.

James M. Reed, 31, of Jordan Gardens, Niagara Falls, was sentenced to six months in jail, followed by five years' probation, for injuring a woman's leg with a piece of broken glass in his apartment May 13, 2002.

Broderick also ordered Reed to put in 100 hours of community service and pay $2,358 to the victim.

Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann described the money as reimbursement for lost work time and damaged clothing.

Hoffmann said 20 staples were needed to close the gash the woman suffered in her leg when Reed smashed a window and threw one of the pieces at her.

Reed had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault.

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