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LOCKPORT – A Youngstown man, arrested Dec. 3 when he was caught trying to burglarize a home on Ulrich Drive in Porter, pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Steven C. Lewis, 24, of Third Street, admitted to third-degree burglary and was assigned to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

If Lewis fails in the treatment program, he faces as long as seven years in prison, but if he succeeds, his charges will be reduce or dismissed.

The eventual sentence will include $428 restitution to the homeowner who saw Lewis trying to enter through a window. Lewis, through Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict, protested that the amount should be less because, he claimed, he damaged only a screen, not the window itself. Farkas called Lewis’ claim “pathetic.”