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Falls burglar gets a “shock” from Sheldon

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who skipped his sentencing date for a burglary had been “drifting around Niagara Falls” using drugs for more than two months, his attorney said Monday.

Stefon K. Knighton, 19, formerly of 17th Street, was sentenced Monday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon to the state prison system’s boot camp-style “shock incarceration” program, a six-month commitment that is followed by parole if the criminal shapes up. If not, Knighton will serve one to three years in a regular cell, Sheldon said.

Knighton was placed on six months’ interim probation after his guilty plea in November 2014 to attempted third-degree burglary for breaking into a home on 27th Street in the Falls June 11, 2014. He didn’t carry out all his obligations while on probation, and skipped a Sept. 21 sentencing date.

Assistant Public Defender Matthew P. Pynn said Knighton was using drugs during his autumn on the loose. “Last Thursday, he got sick of it and turned himself in,” Pynn said.