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Lockport burglar must succeed in drug rehab to avoid risk of 14-year sentence

A man charged with four burglaries last year in Niagara County pleaded guilty to two this week.

If Corey A. Soock succeeds in a two-year court-supervised drug treatment program, the charges will be reduced or dismissed and he will avoid jail time. But if he fails, Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III can send Soock to prison for as long as 14 years.

Soock, 26, of Dysinger Road, Lockport, admitted to stealing tools in break-ins Jan. 4 on Meahl Road in Cambria and in October or November 2016 on Wheeler Road in Newfane.

Co-defendant Scott A. Coyle, 27, of Walnut Street, Lockport, accepted the same plea deal June 1. Charges are pending against two other men.

Soock must pay his share of $6,483 in restitution for the four crimes, which Caldwell said included $5,000 worth of copper stolen from Cambria Contracting Co. and a burglary at an Olcott fishing tackle store.


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