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Falls man sent to prison for selling $11,200 worth of heroin

LOCKPORT – Gerald J. Kelly, who agreed to sell a police informant $11,200 worth of heroin, was sentenced Tuesday to three years in state prison and two years of post-release supervision.

“This was just a hair under two ounces of heroin that he sold. That is a staggering amount of heroin, a couple thousand doses,” Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Kelly’s attorney, Robert Viola, said Kelly at first refused to make the drug deal, and when the friend persuaded him to do so, Kelly had to go door-to-door to come up with enough heroin to satisfy a man Viola called “his quote-unquote ‘friend.’ … He didn’t make much money on this.”

Kelly, 57, of Rainbow Boulevard, Niagara Falls, was arrested as he tried to close the deal Nov. 18 in a Town of Niagara home. After his release, Kelly will owe the Niagara County Drug Task Force $1,500 that its informers spent on other drug deals with Kelly.

“I hurt my family. I hurt society. I committed a crime against humanity, because I pride myself on being a humanitarian,” said Kelly, who said he’s struggled with drug use of his own for 30 years.

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