LOCKPORT – Carl G. Stiles, who stole a television and tools from his father’s Lockport home Oct. 8, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary Thursday and was assigned to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.
“I don’t want my daughter growing up with a dope-fiend crackhead as a father,” declared Stiles, 33, of Lincoln Avenue, Town of Lockport. He said he’d been using drugs since starting on cocaine in his early 20s, later adding marijuana and heroin to his list.
He said he tried to clean himself up by going cold turkey, but relapsed. Stiles said he entered the South Transit Street home when he knew his father wouldn’t be there and quickly sold the stolen items before returning to the scene, where his father found him and called police.
Stiles will go to prison for as long as seven years if he fails in diversion, but a success would mean a reduction of his charge to a misdemeanor with no jail time.