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Amherst burglar imprisoned after failing in drug treatment

LOCKPORT – A man who flunked out of a court-supervised drug treatment program after pleading guilty to committing a burglary was sentenced Wednesday to a stint in the state’s boot camp-style “shock incarceration” program.

Joshua D. Talun, 26, of Robin Road, Amherst, “failed miserably, mostly because you couldn’t follow the rules of the program,” Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said.

In June 2015, Talun had admitted to second-degree burglary for trying to burglarize a house on Evans Street in Lockport Oct. 7, 2014. The residents caught him in the act and held him until police arrived. “I continuously make these decisions that to people who don’t have addiction issues seem crazy,” Talun said.

If he can’t make it through the six-month shock program, Talun will serve one to three years in a regular cell.

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