LOCKPORT – A married father of three daughters admitted Tuesday in Niagara County Court that he burglarized his in-laws’ home and robbed a man in a car, climaxing five years of addiction to painkillers.
“It’s time to change for my family,” Thomas V. Fusco said as he pleaded guilty to two felonies and was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.
Fusco, 30, of Garden Street, Lockport, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and attempted third-degree robbery. If he fails in diversion, he could be sentenced to as long as 11 years in prison. But if treatment is successful, the charges will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a probation sentence.
Fusco stole $3,000 in cash and did about $800 in damage to a home on Parkwood Lane in the Town of Lockport between Oct. 4 and 8. He must pay $3,800 in restitution to his in-laws.
He also robbed a Lockport man of cash after he and two others picked up the man in a car on Wheatfield-Pendleton Town Line Road near Mapleton Road in the night of Oct. 24.