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Falls man disappoints judge with second drug felony

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon said Friday she was “disappointed” in a man who was caught with about 11 grams of cocaine while he was on probation for another drug felony.

“I had high hopes for you,” Sheldon told Rashawn M. Martin, 37, of Niagara Avenue, Niagara Falls, who pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He had the cocaine July 24, and also had to forfeit $1,037 police found with him.

That arrest apparently constitutes a probation violation on Martin’s 2014 conviction before Sheldon for attempted third-degree possession, although the paperwork hasn’t been filed yet. If so, Martin faces up to 5½ years in prison on the 2014 charge and two years on the new case, although Assistant District Attorney John P. Granchelli said he wouldn’t oppose a concurrent sentence when Martin returns to court June 17.

In another drug case Friday, Sheldon gave three years’ probation to Justin D’Antuono, 35, of Shenk Road, Sanborn, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug possession after being accused of selling a painkiller and an opiate in separate drug deals in the spring of 2014.