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Prison sentence for Falls man who stole two cars, burglarized home

LOCKPORT – Christopher D. Seelbaugh, 20, of Haeberle Avenue, Niagara Falls, was sentenced Friday to four years in state prison and three years’ post-release supervision for stealing two cars and burglarizing a home in the Falls.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Thursday ordered six months in jail to start a five-year probation term for co-defendant Michael Williams, 22, of Whitney Avenue, Niagara Falls, who took part in the burglary on College Avenue and the theft of a car on Seymour Avenue. Both crimes occurred in April.

Seelbaugh, who also stole a car from the College Avenue address, must pay $13,055 in restitution after his release from custody, while Williams must pay $4,569.

Sheldon said she might have spared Williams any incarceration if he had enabled police to recover some of the heirloom jewelry stolen in the burglary. Williams said Seelbaugh and a third, so-far-uncharged man ended up with the jewelry, and Williams didn’t know what happened to it.

Seelbaugh’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Michele G. Bergevin, told Sheldon, “All he saw was his next ability to buy drugs.”