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Burglar who left diversion program is imprisoned

LOCKPORT – William J. Kraft, a Niagara Falls burglar who was close to succeeding in a court-ordered drug treatment program before he left for Pennsylvania without telling his probation officer, was sentenced Tuesday to 1 1/2 to three years in state prison by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Kraft, 32, of Centre Avenue, was kicked out of the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment Feb. 13. He had been successful for 18 months before leaving the state, which he said was an attempt to avoid trouble in his neighborhood.

Farkas recommended Kraft for the state prison system’s boot camp-like “shock incarceration” program, which would lead to parole in six months. But if he’s not admitted, he will serve his time in a regular cellblock.

Kraft had pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary for breaking into a garage on Youngstown-Lockport Road in Porter Aug. 8, 2009.