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Newfane man gets break on cocaine-dealing charge

LOCKPORT – A Newfane man, who was indicted on drug charges as he awaited sentencing for knocking a woman unconscious in Lockport, accepted a plea deal Wednesday that won’t extend his sentence.

“The DA’s office is so kind, they gave you a free pass on this case,” State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. told Kewan D. Jackson, 24, of East Avenue.

He pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, but the deal called for concurrent sentencing with his earlier plea to attempted second-degree assault for the March 1, 2014, knockout of a woman in a home on Washburn Street in Lockport.

In the latter case, Kloch promised Jackson when he pleaded guilty in January that he would recommend Jackson for the state’s boot camp-style “shock incarceration” program, with a sentence of 1 1/2 to three years in a regular cell if state corrections officials reject the recommendation.

The sentence on the drug plea, for selling cocaine Aug. 21, 2014, on Washburn Street, will be served simultaneously. It is to be imposed Nov. 18.