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North Tonawanda burglar gambles on drug treatment to avoid prison

A North Tonawanda man who was charged with four burglaries pleaded guilty to two of them Wednesday as the price for entering a court-supervised drug treatment program.

If Brandon R. Reed succeeds in breaking his opiate and crack cocaine addiction, the felony charges – two counts of third-degree burglary – will be reduced to misdemeanors with no jail time, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon said.

Reed, 26, of Stenzil Street, admitted to breaking into another home on that street Feb. 19 and burglarizing Partners Tavern, 756 Oliver St., on March 14. Reed will owe the victims a total of $1,700 in restitution.

"I'm disgusted with myself," Reed said. "I'm a much better man than I appear to be on paper."

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