LOCKPORT - A 42-year-old Chapel Street woman was sentenced today to two to four years in state prison for violating the terms of the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment on a pair of May 2011 felonies.
"She slipped up once and they terminated her from drug court," said Assistant Public Defender Ryan Hanna, representing defendant Lynette M. Washington.
She had pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property after she and another woman, Angela M. Berardi, stole a man's credit card and used it to make purchases at the Lockport Walmart. They next day, they entered a woman's home and stole her purse. Berardi also was assigned to the diversion program.
Washington, who was facing mandatory state prison time as a repeat felon, asked to delay sentencing because she had Family Court appearances coming up in early October to hand over custody of her two children to their respective fathers. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III refused and went ahead with the sentencing.