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Judge gives Amherst man a break after success in drug treatment

LOCKPORT – An Amherst man who succeeded in a drug treatment program received his legal reward Tuesday from Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon.

Kevin M. Spellane-Newman, 25, was allowed to reduce his plea from third-degree grand larceny to the misdemeanor of petit larceny and was granted a one-year conditional discharge.

Spellane-Newman was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment after he took part a faked armed robbery at a CVS pharmacy in North Tonawanda in October 2013. His then-girlfriend, CVS worker Kayla M. Hotaling of Lockport, set up the theft of $3,784 to make it look like she had been robbed and pistol-whipped by Spellane-Newman. Hotaling also successfully completed a diversion assignment, and her case was dismissed in May 2015.