LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who robbed as many as six convenience stores in western Niagara County last fall led a parade of robbers and other thieves past the Niagara County Court bench Friday.
Paul J. Schubert, 21, of Townsend Place, was sentenced by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to 10 years and four months to 15 years in state prison.
Schubert pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery for two armed stickups at 7-Eleven stores on Buffalo Avenue in the Falls on Sept. 6 and 12. The plea covered all six robberies of which Schubert was suspected.
Farkas gave him eight years for the robberies and tacked on two years and four months to seven years behind bars and $3,987 restitution for a 2010 house burglary on Seneca Avenue in the Falls.
In the courtroom of County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III, Nicholas E. Patterson, of the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny for the Sept. 28 robbery of the CVS drugstore in Sanborn.
Patterson, 27, of Mount Hope Road, was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment. If he succeeds, the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor; if he fails, he faces seven years in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Ryan K. Parisi said Patterson entered the store with a case that appeared to be for a long gun. He gave a clerk a note saying he had a gun.
The clerk handed over five boxes of Fentanyl patches. Patterson will have to pay up to $3,000 in restitution.
Back in Farkas’ court, Timothy J. Santiago was recommended for boot camp-style “shock incarceration” on his guilty pleas to third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Santiago, 28, of 70th Street, Niagara Falls, broke into Denise’s Bar on 19th Street on Sept. 5, 2011, and used a fake gun in a robbery at a Coastal gas station Feb. 7, 2012. He has paid $800 in restitution.
Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph Catalano talked Farkas out of a regular prison sentence for a woman who defrauded Cornerstone Federal Credit Union in Lockport of $4,200.
Tonia M. Truscio, 38, of Gasport, deposited a forged check for that amount May 14 and withdrew the money over the next two days.
Truscio pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and could have served up to four years in prison. Farkas gave her four months of weekends in the County Jail and five years’ probation, along with restitution at a rate of $150 a month.