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Chef turned burglar hopes to cook up sobriety

LOCKPORT – A Town of Lockport man who burglarized his neighbor’s house pleaded guilty Friday and will try to break his drug addiction in a court-supervised treatment program.

Brandyn D. Proulx, 26, of Royal Parkway North, risks up to seven years in prison if he washes out of the judicial diversion program.

“He’s a certified chef. He wants to become a master chef down the road,” defense attorney Thomas D. Trbovich told Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon, who accepted Proulx’s guilty plea to third-degree burglary.

Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said the victim in the burglary, which occurred between June 20 and 22, is owed up to $2,000 in restitution. Trbovich said most of the amount has been settled except for a dispute over a missing watch.

Proulx said he was treated for bipolar disorder and anxiety at age 16, about the same time he was the victim in an armed robbery.

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