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One Falls burglar goes to prison, another draws probation

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls woman with a lengthy criminal record was sentenced Friday to one to three years in prison for burglarizing an apartment in Niagara Towers, 901 Cedar Ave., Niagara Falls, on April 16, 2014.

Vicki L. Nelson, 58, of Seventh Street, had pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. She asked Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III for another chance, but Murphy replied, “It looks like you’ve had 34 chances in the past. I’m not going to give you another chance.” He ordered Nelson to repay $200 to the victim after her release.

In another case, Murphy granted five years’ probation to Steven A. Willard Jr., 22, of 20th Street in the Falls. He had been on interim probation for the past year on a charge of attempted second-degree burglary. Willard and another man tried to cut copper pipes out of a vacant house on Haeberle Avenue on June 20, 2013. Willard has paid $300 in restitution, Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph Catalano said.