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Man pleads guilty in Falls car break-ins

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who was charged with a series of break-ins to autos in the Town of Niagara pleaded guilty to two felonies Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Iricray A. Messing, 22, who said he was homeless, pleaded guilty to grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, both in the fourth degree. Judge Sara Sheldon admitted him to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment. The felonies will be reduced to misdemeanors if he cleans up his drug addiction, but if he fails, he could be sentenced to as long as eight years in prison.

Messing pleading guilty to a theft of cash and possession of a stolen computer. Both crimes occurred on Aug. 13.