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Judge imprisons veteran Niagara Falls thief

LOCKPORT - Larry F. Craft Jr., whose criminal record stretches back nearly a quarter of a century, was sentenced Friday to two to four years in state prison for stealing $1,188 worth of jewelry from the North Tonawanda Walmart in July 2014.

Craft, 40, of 92nd Street, Niagara Falls, withdrew from a court-supervised drug treatment program in January.

"You say you have a drug problem. I say the public has a Larry Craft problem," Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told him. "For the last 25 years, you've stolen from numerous victims. Sometimes a judge has to sentence someone to incapacitate them."

In another sentencing by Murphy Friday, Marcus A. Walton, 37, of Lincoln Place, Lockport, who also washed out of a drug treatment program, drew one to three years in prison. He sold cocaine three times in Lockport in January 2014 and the following month violated a restraining order by entering his ex-girlfriend's apartment and pouring bleach on her clothes.


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