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Two men enter diversion and drug treatment in separate cases in Niagara County

LOCKPORT – Two men facing hard time in prison for their crimes were admitted to the judicial diversion program where they will get court-supervised drug treatment when they appeared before Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III on Tuesday.

Both men facing unrelated charges were sentenced to two years of interim probation and as part of the drug treatment program.

James L. Dolson, 49, of Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling heroin out his car to an undercover informant on Dec. 13 at 68th Street and Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls. He could face up to nine years in prison if he does not complete the program.

Leandro Bruno Jr., 27, of Eighth Street, North Tonawanda pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary for stealing tools from a neighbor’s garage on Dec. 5. In addition to the treatment he was also ordered to make restitution of $2,819. If he does not complete diversion he could face up to seven years in prison.

If they complete the treatment the judge will lower the felony charge to a misdemeanor.