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Lewiston man admits burglarizing grandmother’s house

LOCKPORT – Christian L. Starr of Lewiston pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court Friday to third-degree burglary for entering his grandmother’s home in Lewiston May 14.

Starr, 34, of Ridge Roadd, Lewiston, faces up to seven years in state prison when he is sentenced Nov. 20 by County Judge Sara Sheldon. He also will have to pay his grandmother $1,139 in restitution.

Starr also pleaded guilty to two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for having goods stolen by others in a western Niagara County burglary spree last fall: a laptop computer and some jewelry. Starr was one of five people indicted in connection with those incidents. Assistant District Attorney John P. Granchelli said each of the five will have to pay up to $5,000 in restitution, but most of the money will go to insurance comnpanies.

The burglars, Joseph J. Trusello, 26, of Lewiston and Joshua K. Allen of North Tonawanda, have pleaded guilty, along with Ronald C. Swanson, of Niagara Falls, who admitted buying a handgun stolen in one of the four break-ins. Stolen property charges remain open against Tiffany A. Pawlukovitch, 21, of Lewiston.