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North Tonawanda burglar sent to prison for three to six years

A North Tonawanda burglar, who failed in his court-supervised drug treatment program, was sentenced Thursday to three to six years in state prison.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he had been extremely patient with Leandro Bruno, 31, of Eighth Avenue. Bruno pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in June 2014, and he was arrested three other times after entering that plea.

"I'm not a criminal, even though I have committed crimes in my life," said Bruno, a second-time felon who blamed his problems on drug addiction.

He broke into a home on Eighth Avenue on Dec. 5, 2013. Bruno, a father of three, vowed to pay the homeowner $436 in restitution once he receives his income tax refund.

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