LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man, who was charged with breaking into seven vehicles in the Falls last year, pleaded guilty Wednesday and was promised a sentence of two to four years in state prison, plus time owed as a parole violator.
Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon will make it official Aug. 19 for Gregory A. Stephens, 51, of B Street, who admitted to first-degree auto stripping. Stephens had to agree to pay restitution to six of the vehicle owners, totaling $12,746, when he is released from prison. The break-ins occurred between May 31, 2014, and Aug. 30.
“It boggles my mind what a 51-year-old man is doing committing these crimes,” Sheldon said. Stephens blamed drug abuse. He flunked out of the judicial diversion program in 2012 after pleading guilty to third-degree burglary for burglarizing a Dollar General store in 2010. He was sentenced to 3½ to seven years but was paroled after nine months.