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Man who torched Falls house pleads guilty

LOCKPORT – A man who set fire to a condemned Niagara Falls house from which he had just been evicted pleaded guilty to two felonies Thursday in Niagara County Court.

William M. Bradley, 31, of Buffalo Avenue, admitted to reduced charges of attempted third-degree burglary and attempted second-degree criminal mischief. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said she would allow Bradley to be screened for mental health and substance abuse treatment, and if he is accepted, she will place him on probation. Otherwise, he faces a two-year jail sentence.

The fire occurred Aug. 12 at 556 20th St.