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Lockport burglar admits to gun and drug felonies

Matthew E. Bartz, a Town of Lockport man with a long history of burglaries in Niagara and Erie counties, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court Tuesday to having a large supply of illegal pills and an unregistered handgun in his Bartz Road home when police searched it Feb. 4.

Bartz, 37, was sentenced last month to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison for two Erie County burglaries, after being charged with seven break-ins in Amherst, Clarence, Elma, Depew and Lockport.

Tuesday, Bartz pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said he will impose a concurrent sentence Oct. 22, but it could be up to nine years.

In 2011, Bartz was arrested for alleged involvement in as many as 70 burglaries in the two counties. He pleaded guilty to three Lockport break-ins, and Kloch admitted him to a court-supervised drug treatment program. Bartz succeeded in it, and the felonies were dropped.

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