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Lackawanna drug dealer admits he made poor choices

LOCKPORT – A Lackawanna man charged with selling painkillers said he is trying to change his behavior and “fix this” in Niagara County Court on Thursday.

Patrick J. Murtha, 40, of Ridge Road pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree sale of a controlled substance on Oct. 20. He was sentenced by Judge Sara Sheldon to one year in Niagara County Jail and a $375 surcharge on Thursday.

He sold the painkiller oxymorphone in Cambria on June 10 and 12, 2012 and had been placed on interim probation in October to await sentencing.

Murtha had previously served four years in federal prison after a 1999 cocaine conviction.

He told Sheldon on Thursday, “I make poor decisions. It’s my responsibility and I need to fix this.”