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Lockport man sent to prison for mobile home break-ins

LOCKPORT – A Town of Lockport man who was accused of breaking into two mobile homes, sexually abusing a woman in one of them, was sentenced to one to three years in state prison Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon.

Taylor A. Drew, 30, of Applewood Drive in the Woodlands mobile home park, had pleaded guilty to two felonies, third-degree and attempted third-degree burglary, not to a sex charge. The incidents occurred June 26 and 29, 2012.

Defense attorney George V.C. Muscato said Drew was under the influence of designer drugs and bath salts at the time of the crimes. He tried to have the guilty plea withdrawn Wednesday on the grounds that Drew passed a polygraph test after seven months of mental health treatment. In the test, he denied the second break-in, in which the sexual abuse allegedly occurred. Sheldon rejected the motion.

The judge explained the lie detector result by saying, “In his brain, that never existed. How do you recall something that never existed in his sick brain?”

Drew failed to complete the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment, but he did beat his addiction, “which for the kind of things he was addicted to, is almost impossible,” the judge said.

Muscato argued for probation, but Sheldon refused. “This is wrong,” Drew’s mother said before she was ejected from the courtroom.