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Falls man headed for prison in plea deal

LOCKPORT - A Niagara Falls man who last week pleaded guilty to thefts from nine parked cars in Niagara Falls withdrew from a court-supervised drug treatment program Wednesday, clearing the way for Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to send him to state prison.
Gregory A. Stephens, 48, of Fourth Street, faces resentencing on his 2011 guilty pleas to third-degree burglary and third-degree auto stripping. The latter case was a theft from a vehicle; he also had burglarized a store after an accomplice who worked there gave him a key.
Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said Stephens agreed to quit the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment in exchange for being allowed to plead guilty to misdemeanors in Niagara Falls City Court, where he is to be sentenced Nov. 14. Farkas, who can send him to prison for as long as seven years, will impose her sentence Nov. 28.