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Falls man risks 12-year prison term if he fails in diversion

LOCKPORT – A man with a prior drug felony conviction pleaded guilty to another Tuesday in Niagara County Court, and risks up to 12 years in prison if he fails in the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said she had her doubts about the prospects for success of Jermaine M. McQueen, 36, of 20th Street, who admitted to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell crack cocaine.

He was arrested April 10 at 22nd Street and Willow Avenue in the Falls, where police said they saw him making a sale while sitting in his car while his 8-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son were inside the auto. McQueen ran from police and was chased 12 blocks on foot before being caught. Officers found he had left crack on the car seat, and also had stashed some in the girl’s coat.