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LOCKPORT – An Olcott Street man who rejected a plea offer that would have included a five-year prison sentence now faces anywhere from seven to 15 years after being convicted today of burglarizing a Town of Lockport home.
A Niagara County Court jury took less than an hour to find Dennis M. Schultz, 21, guilty of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.
County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, who presided over the three-day trial, set sentencing for Dec. 5.
Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann, who prosecuted the case with Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner, said Schultz, a repeat violent felon, must be sentenced to at least seven years in prison and could serve as long as 15 years. Michael D’Amico was the defense attorney.
A sheriff’s deputy saw Schultz, wearing a dark face mask and carrying a backpack, walking down Chestnut Ridge Road in Lockport about 5:30 a.m. March 14. The backpack contained a man’s wallet, a woman’s purse, an iPad, an iPod and an iPhone, all of which turned out to have been stolen from a home on Ridgewood Drive.