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Niagara County man with 3 meth arrests goes to prison

Kevin L. Mitchell, who was arrested three times for methamphetamine possession in a 13-month period, was sentenced to three years in state prison Friday.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III rejected a defense request to send Mitchell, 30, to the boot camp-style "shock incarceration" program.

"The sentence would be so short that it wouldn't punish you," Murphy told Mitchell, who had settled his cases by pleading guilty to two felonies.

He was caught with meth in the Town of Lockport in June 2016, in Newfane in November 2016, and in the City of Lockport this July.

"Everywhere he went he kept getting kicked out, to the point he was running around with a backpack cooking (meth)," Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph Catalano said.

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