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Ruffin headed back to state prison

LOCKPORT – Ernest L. Ruffin of Niagara Falls, who was released from state prison Friday, appeared headed back there after he was kicked out of the judicial diversion program Monday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon.

Ruffin, 37, had been placed in the court-supervised drug treatment program in November after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine in the Falls Nov. 21, 2013. However, while on diversion, Ruffin was arrested twice in the Town of Evans, according to Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh: in February for aggravated harassment and in April for criminal contempt. Those charges resulted in him being sent back to prison for violating parole on his five-year sentence for robbing a store in Niagara Falls in late 2009.

He completed his time on that Friday, but he faces up to 12 years behind bars on the drug charge. Sheldon ordered Ruffin held without bail in the County Jail until sentencing Sept. 21.

Ruffin’s criminal resume also includes a four-year stint in state prison on a 1997 drug possession conviction, which also included a parole violation. He also has eight misdemeanor and four violation convictions.