LOCKPORT - The judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment chalked up one success and one failure Thursday.
Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he will allow Michael S. Nutefall, 25, of Browning Circle, Town of Tonawanda, to withdraw his 2011 felony plea to selling painkillers in North Tonawanda in 2010. After 14 months in City of Tonawanda Drug Court, Nutefall has succeeded in treatment and will be allowed to plead guilty Dec. 3 to a misdemeanor and serve two more years on probation.
But in another case before Murphy, Mitchell J. Sims III, 19, of Rochester, who washed out of the diversion program, was sentenced to nine months in Niagara County Jail. He was charged with crack cocaine possession in a Lockport drug raid Nov. 21. He faces fresh legal trouble in Wayne County, where Sims was arraigned this week on a felony charge of possession of stolen property.