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State prison inmate takes plea deal in Falls drug case

LOCKPORT – Frank M. Thomas of Niagara Falls, currently serving a seven-year state prison sentence for burglary and gun possession, accepted a plea deal on unrelated drug charges Thursday.

Thomas, 34, of Memorial Parkway, admitted to attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for a June 4 cocaine sale in North Tonawanda. The crime occurred while Thomas was out on bail awaiting sentencing in the burglary and gun cases, which occurred July 16.

As part of the deal, Thomas was promised a sentence of 3 1/2 years, the lowest figure available to Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon on the drug charge, which would be served after the seven-year term expires.

Also, a second drug indictment stemming from another incident July 7 is to be dismissed. Sheldon scheduled sentencing June 25 on the drug case.