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Town of Niagara man pleads guilty to three crimes

LOCKPORT – A Town of Niagara man who was accused of stealing an all-terrain vehicle from a home on Porter Road in that town Dec. 28 pleaded guilty to three counts Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Anthony P. Evrard, 29, of Laur Road, admitted to third-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny. He was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

The stolen property count pertained to the possession of two stolen furnaces on Dec. 1.

While he is in the diversion program, Evrard will have to pay total restitution of $1,004.23 to the victims, Assistant District Attorney Kevin D. Canali said.

Charges remain open against co-defendant Elizabeth G. Vanness, 31, of Porter Road, who has asked to be screened for participation in diversion. She said in court Feb. 24 that she is a daily cocaine user. She and Evrard are both repeat felons. A third man charged in the case, Kyle V. Swinger, 27, was prosecuted for a misdemeanor in Town Court.