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Man pleads guilty to gun possession in Lockport restaurant heists

LOCKPORT – A man who took part in burglaries at two Lockport restaurants pleaded guilty to a gun charge Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Benjamin D. Stump, 26, of High Street, Lockport, was found to have a gun after the Nov. 17 break-in at Reid’s Drive-In on Lake Avenue. He also took part in a Nov. 15 break-in at Dee’s Sugar Shack on West Avenue.

Stump, who pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, will be sentenced June 22 to no more than 2 1/2 to five years in prison, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon said. Stump is a repeat felon, having been convicted of a house burglary in 2009.

Stump and co-defendant Jeremy L. Dore, 26, of Washburn Street, will split $2,045.65 in restitution to the eateries. Dore pleaded guilty Jan. 28 and was admitted to a court-supervised drug treatment program.