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Buffalo man imprisoned for diversion failure; woman succeeds, sees case dismissed

LOCKPORT – A Buffalo man who flunked out of the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment was sentenced Monday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon to a maximum of three years in prison, while a woman who successfully completed the program saw her charges dismissed.

Justin K. Bond, 29, of Orange Street, Buffalo, had pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after being charged with selling drug Aug. 16, 2013, in Niagara Falls. Sheldon recommended him for the boot camp-style “shock incarceration” program, which lasts six months, with the three-year sentence hanging over him if he fails in that program.

Meanwhile, Shanna C. Quackenbush, 35, of Remick Parkway, Lockport, saw her drug charges dropped after completing the diversion program. She was arrested in an Aug. 24, 2013, police raid on an apartment on Niagara Street in Lockport, where cocaine was seized. Co-defendant Mark D. Kahle, 44, of Bonner Drive, Lockport, also succeeded in diversion, and Sheldon dismissed his charges Sept. 1.