LOCKPORT – George M. Stephens, who failed in the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment, was sentenced Friday to four years in prison and three years’ of post-release supervision.
Stephens, 35, of Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty in December 2013 to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having 1.63 ounces of cocaine with him when his car was pulled over for traffic violations Jan. 17, 2013, on Washburn Street in the City of Lockport. The case provoked the institution of the Impact Zone program, a police crackdown in that part of Lockport.
“I have never seen this many noncompliances in any diversion case in four years,” Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon told Stephens.
Stephens consented to his ouster from diversion in March, even though as a repeat felon, he risked a prison sentence of as long as 12 years.