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Judge takes tough stand in drug case, won’t say why

LOCKPORT – A woman who was being recommended for probation was sentenced Thursday to a year in the Niagara County Jail, the maximum sentence for a drug misdemeanor, by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

A probation officer who interviewed Nicole A. Edmister after her Sept. 8 guilty plea to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance recommended her for a chance on interim probation pending final sentencing.

“I don’t think you’re a good candidate for probation. I’m going to reject the recommendation,” Murphy said.

A shocked and tearful Edmister said, “Am I allowed to ask you why you feel that way?”

“No,” Murphy replied.

Edmister, 39, of Lockport, had been charged with selling heroin to an informant for the county Drug Task Force outside a Town of Lockport convenience store on May 7, 2014.