LOCKPORT – Jeremy L. Dore, a Lockport crack cocaine addict, pleaded guilty Thursday to burglarizing two Lockport restaurants, and is hoping successful drug treatment will keep him out of prison.
Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon admitted Dore to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment after he pleaded guilty to breaking into Dee’s Sugar Shack on West Avenue on Nov. 15, and Reid’s Drive-In on Lake Avenue two days later.
Dore, 26, of Washburn Street, admitted to two counts of third-degree burglary, meaning he’s risking a prison term of as long as 14 years if he washes out of treatment.
The case against a co-defendant, Benjamin D. Stump, 25, of High Street, Lockport, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Feb. 17 in Lockport City Court. Assistant District Attorney Ryan K. Parisi said Dore owes $2,045.65 in total restitution to the two eateries, an amount he will split with Stump if the latter is convicted.