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Niagara Falls man pleads guilty to three drug felonies

LOCKPORT - Donald R. Patterson III of Niagara Falls pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court to three drug felonies in a plea deal that leaves him facing up to eight years in prison.

"I am an addict," explained Patterson, 37, of 22nd Street.

He pleaded guilty in connection to a March 23 incident in which police raided his home and caught him with nearly an ounce of Fentanyl, a painkiller which he intended to sell, as well as about one-quarter ounce of cocaine and some pills. Patterson had to forfeit $761 in cash, which police also seized.

Patterson also admitted selling heroin in April 19 in the Falls, and he pleaded guilty to having almost one-quarter ounce of heroin July 18, when Falls police found him asleep inside a car sitting in the middle of Stephenson Avenue with its motor running.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon agreed to concurrent sentencing, reducing Patterson's maximum prison time from 14 years to eight. State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski, who is taking over Sheldon's cases in 2017, will sentence Patterson Jan. 23.



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