LOCKPORT – Gregory A. Stephens “has single-handedly made the judicial diversion program look pretty bad,” Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said Wednesday as she gave Stephens the longest prison sentence she could for third-degree burglary and third-degree auto stripping.

Stephens, 49, of Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty in September to thefts from nine parked cars, which occurred while he was in the court-supervised drug treatment program to which Farkas had assigned him.

Wednesday, Farkas gave him 3½ to seven years for his original guilty pleas for burglarizing a Dollar General store in the Falls and breaking into a car, both in 2010.

“The crimes he committed are an embarrassment to this court,” Farkas said.