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Man who slashed 27 tires in Falls goes to prison

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who slashed 27 tires in a Nov. 6, 2013 vandalism spree was sentenced Thursday to two to four years in state prison, after he quit a court-supervised drug treatment program.

Perry D. Shirback III, 26, of 18th Street, will owe $7,016 in restitution to the victims, all in the DeVeaux section of the Falls, after he is released from his sentence for first-degree auto stripping. Shirback hadn’t paid any restitution since pleading guilty in May 2014.

He said in court that he suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. He said he quit the judicial diversion program to which Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III had assigned him because “it was too hectic for me. It was literally driving me crazy … I don’t like being around people.”

Asked why he slashed the tires, Shirback said, “I really don’t remember. It was just a bad night, drugs and alcohol.”

Another man Murphy sent to diversion was rated a success story Thursday. Brandon C. Myers, 25, of Hyde Park Boulevard, Niagara Falls, was granted a conditional discharge, but he must repay $434 to his grandfather, whose Lewiston home he burglarized in 2013.