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LOCKPORT - "I'm going to take a chance on you," Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said today at the sentencing of a man who burglarized two homes Feb. 19.

Farkas placed Leslie T. Luxon, 40, of Rochester on five years' probation even though a Probation Department presentencing report recommended otherwise, as did the homeowners on Cambria-Wilson Road in Wilson and Lower Mountain Road in Cambria. Farkas ordered restitution of $1,775, at the rate of $100 a month.

"Both victims are screaming for incarceration," Farkas acknowledged. But she seemed impressed by Luxon's commitment to outpatient drug treatment. He said he stayed clean even after his wife left him this summer.

Luxon could have been sent to prison for up to four years on his plea to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary. Co-defendant Donald M. Walls, 32, a former Rochester resident now living in Lockport, was assigned to a drug treatment program after his guilty plea.