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Barn burglar sentenced to boot camp

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III sent a man to the state prison system’s boot camp-style “shock incarceration” program Tuesday for failing to pay restitution in a 2008 barn burglary that led to a fire that destroyed the barn.

Ryan A. McKee, 25, of County Line Road, Hartland, had pleaded guilty more than five years ago to attempted third-degree burglary for a July 18, 2008 break-in on Hartland Road. His failure to pay was a violation of the terms of probation. After his release, he will owe the property owner a civil judgment for $26,000.

Meanwhile, Judge Sara Sheldon was ready to send Newfane Suboxone dealer Wade W. Pratt to boot camp Tuesday, but she was talked out of it by Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict.

Pratt, 38, of West Creek Road, instead was placed on five years’ probation by Sheldon, who said she did so “very reluctantly.” Benedict argued that Pratt should be given a chance to reform himself in drug treatment, which he’s been attending for a year. Pratt had admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling Suboxone Oct. 8 in Newfane.