LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon had a decision to make Thursday in the case of a pregnant woman who violated the terms of her felony probation for making methamphetamine.
“Which is better, to deliver the baby in state prison or Niagara County Jail?” Sheldon mused. She decided on the County Jail, and sent Jessica L. Pittler there for a year. She could have sent Pittler to state prison for as long as 18 months.
Pittler, 26, of North Tonawanda, said she is due to have her baby in January. In April 2013, she was living in the Town of Lockport when the county Drug Task Force raided her residence and arrested her and her boyfriend for making meth in their basement. Pittler failed a drug test for marijuana in June, after she became pregnant, the judge noted.