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Bipolar burglar takes plea deal in North Tonawanda case

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who said he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder is headed for state prison for the third time after pleading guilty Friday to taking part in a break-in attempt at a North Tonawanda home June 2.

Ernest T. Nagurney, 38, of Buffalo Avenue, admitted to attempted second-degree burglary. Assistant District Attorney Kevin D. Canali said the plea-bargain wrapped up two other burglaries in Niagara Falls in which Nagurney is the suspect. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said Nagurney could draw up to seven years behind bars when he is sentenced Feb. 5.

Nagurney said he and another man went to a home on East Robinson Street in North Tonawanda, but Nagurney said he never got inside the house. The other defendant pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in North Tonawanda City Court and testified against Nagurney before a grand jury.

Nagurney was paroled in February after a four-year state prison sentence for burglary. He also served three years for a 2000 conviction for possessing stolen property.