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Lockport teen pleads guilty to two burglaries

LOCKPORT – A Lockport teenager, charged with four house burglaries in that city, pleaded guilty to two of them Wednesday as part of a plea deal that saw Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon agree to a five-year cap on his prison sentence.

Tarence S. Callaham, 18, of Harvey Avenue, was silent for several seconds when the judge asked him why he committed the crimes. “I have no answer,” Callaham said.

Defense attorney Dominic Saraceno said Callaham did it for the money. Sheldon said, “I have a unique and novel idea: get a job.”

“He took a short cut, your honor,” Saraceno answered.

Besides his prison sentence, which is to be imposed March 17, Callaham will owe a total of $1,767 in restitution to three of the victims.

Callaham pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary for a break-in Sept. 11 on East Avenue and to attempted second-degree burglary for entering a home on John Street Oct. 7. The other burglaries occurred Sept. 25 on Jackson Street and Oct. 11 on East Union Street. Callaham also is awaiting sentencing in a separate petit larceny case next month in State Supreme Court.