LOCKPORT – A Cambria woman will be sentenced to either one year in Niagara County Jail or five years’ probation after accepting a plea bargain Wednesday in connection with two 2011 drugstore break-ins.
County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas set sentencing May 22 for Katherine E. Billingsley, 22, of Lower Mountain Road, who admitted to third-degree burglary.
Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said Billingsley drove burglar Alexander J. Shelbayeh, 23, of Wilson, to the crime scenes but never entered the stores herself.
Billingsley agreed to pay $2,500 restitution to the former owner of Peterson Drug Co. in Newfane, which was burglarized May 18, 2011. The other burglary occurred Feb. 9, 2011, at Wilson Community Pharmacy. Shelbayeh is on parole after serving nine months in state prison.
The plea satisfied an indictment that also accused Billingsley of taking part in the forgery of checks stolen from a Cambria man in September 2012. Co-defendant Shane M. Phillips, 25, of Baer Road, Cambria, is awaiting sentencing in that case.