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Two defendants get in trouble with Judge Murphy

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III jailed two men in separate cases Thursday.

Lamarr R. Parris, 32, who lists a Rochester address but is active in Lockport, had been freed by Murphy on June 20, after he promised to live with a cousin and stay out of trouble. Parris is awaiting action on charges of having been caught with cocaine when police raided a residence on Pine Street in Lockport April 15.

Thursday, Murphy said he was informed by the county Probation Department that Parris was charged with selling drugs to a police informant in Lockport shortly after his release. That also may have cost Parris a chance at being admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment, Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner said.

Meanwhile, John H. Kelley, 58, of Phyllis Avenue, Buffalo, was jailed without bail to await sentencing Oct. 6 for third-degree burglary. Kelley was admitted to diversion in July 2015 after admitting a break-in at Tread City Tire, a Town of Lockport business, but flunked out of the program. Kelley risks up to seven years in prison.