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Falls burglar thanks prosecutor as he heads to prison

LOCKPORT – Veteran Niagara Falls burglar Ernest T. Nagurney thanked the prosecutor and apologized to his own lawyer Friday, as Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III sent him to state prison for the third time in his criminal career.

Nagurney, 38, of Buffalo Avenue, had pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree burglary for a June 2 break-in attempt at a home on East Robinson Street in North Tonawanda. Murphy gave him five years in prison plus five years of post-release supervision.

Nagurney thanked Assistant District Attorney Kevin D. Canali “for being fair to me.” He apologized to defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. “for having to come here and make excuses for me.”

“He just could not stop using drugs. He was going to do whatever he had to do to get his hands on them,” Faso said.

Nagurney served three years in prison for a 2000 conviction for possession of stolen property, and served four years on a 2011 burglary conviction.