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Mother of two handicapped daughters avoids jail for dealing drugs

LOCKPORT – The mother of two special needs daughters was placed on five years’ probation Thursday in a drug-dealing case.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon imposed the sentence on Joan I. Porrata, 49, of Washburn Street, Lockport. She had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling clonazepam, an anti-anxiety drug, to a police informant Nov. 30, 2014, in the City of Lockport.

Sheldon also ordered Porrata to repay $60 to the county Drug Task Force; that was the money the agent paid for the drugs.