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Lewiston man booted from diversion program, faces 12-year sentence

LOCKPORT – A Lewiston man may go to prison for as long as 12 years after being ejected from the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment Friday for selling cocaine.

In a plea bargain, Carl A. Zimmerman, 36, of Walmore Road, a former Niagara Falls resident, was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor Friday to settle the new charges, which accused him of two cocaine deals in the Falls, April 15 and 18. The sentence for that will be served concurrently with whatever Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III gives him June 23 on his original felony plea.

Zimmerman entered diversion in June 2013 after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine on Pierce Avenue in the Falls July 24, 2012. He also has a felony drug conviction from 2008.