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NT man pleads guilty in burglary spree

LOCKPORT – John A. Battaglia, 49, of Mead Street, North Tonawanda, settled the Niagara County portion of a three-county crime spree by pleading guilty to second-degree burglary Wednesday in State Supreme Court.

Battaglia, who has pleaded guilty in Genesee County and has charges pending in Erie County, faces up to 15 years in prison on Wednesday’s plea to second-degree burglary. He admitted specifically to an Oct. 9 break-in at a home on Lake Road in Porter.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said he’ll consider a concurrent sentence with the other counties when Battaglia returns to court June 15.

Previously, Battaglia’s roommate, Kyle L. Wade, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of stolen property and was admitted to Niagara County Veterans’ Court, where the charge could be reduced to a misdemeanor if Wade successfully completes a counseling program. Charges remain open against James M. Baglio, 47, of Miller Street, Depew. He and Battaglia were accused of involvement in as many as 33 burglaries and an armed robbery last year. Police raided the Battaglia-Wade apartment Oct. 9 and recovered tens of thousands of dollars worth of stolen property.