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North Tonawanda man pleads guilty to burglary, enters drug treatment

LOCKPORT – James P. Coughlin II pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to burglarizing a house on Robinson Street in North Tonawanda on Nov. 29 and pawning jewelry taken there.

Coughlin, 21, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, pleaded to third-degree burglary and was admitted by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment. Coughlin risks a prison term of as long as seven years if he can’t beat his addiction to heroin and cocaine. He said during a March 28 court appearance that he used those drugs almost daily, but Tuesday he reported having stopped last week.

Assistant District Attorney Kevin D. Canali said in court he knows the name of another man who allegedly took part in the burglary, but lacks sufficient evidence to prosecute him.