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Driver of stolen car gets 'shock incarceration' from Niagara County judge

LOCKPORT - A Lockport man who led city police on a Feb. 7 chase in a stolen car was sentenced Monday to a stint in the state prison system's boot camp-style "shock incarceration" program.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon told Antonio A. Amarena that if he doesn't complete that program successfully, he will serve one to three years in a regular cell.

Amarena, 19, of Locust Street, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. The chase in Lockport's Lowertown district ended when Amarena left the car, which had been stolen in Erie County, and tried unsuccessfully to flee on foot.

After his release from prison, Amarena will owe $8,784 in restitution to Progressive Insurance, Sheldon ordered.



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