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Nabbed through DNA on pen, woman pleads guilty in Nabisco break-in

LOCKPORT – A woman who was arrested after police matched her DNA – found on a pen in the Niagara County welfare office in Niagara Falls – to evidence from a crime scene, pleaded guilty Monday in Niagara County Court.

Lisa M. Barnett, 33, of 77th Street, told County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III she acted as a lookout during a June 17, 2012, burglary at the former Nabisco Shredded Wheat plant on Rainbow Boulevard in the Falls. The burglar, her boyfriend Lance Herie, 40, pleaded guilty last year and was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment.

Copper and other metal were stolen from the plant. Prosecutors said Herie and Barnett both were charged after they were given special pens at the welfare office, individually wrapped, with special ridges on the barrel, to collect their DNA. Barnett faces up to four years in prison when she is sentenced Nov. 2 for a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary.