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Falls home invader gets four years in prison

LOCKPORT – Gregory Minor, a Niagara Falls 18-year-old who associated with some of that city’s most notorious criminals, was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for invading one home and burglarizing another.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. also imposed three years of post-release supervision on the Niagara Avenue teenager. Minor and another man forced their way into a home on Niagara Avenue on Sept. 16, 2014, and invaded the same home again on Dec. 20, 2014. Minor was caught Dec. 28, 2014, as he tried to break into a home on 15th Street.

When Minor pleaded guilty in September to two counts of attempted second-degree burglary, Kloch said he was connected with Darrell J. Belton Jr., who is serving 40 years to life for murder, and Joachim S. Sylvester, who is serving 25 years for attempted murder.

“I made a real bad mistake in my life,” Minor said Friday.