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LOCKPORT - A North Tonawanda man who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession but was unable to follow the rules of a court-supervised drug treatment program was shifted to mental health court Wednesday.
Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said that was a more suitable assignment for Thomas J. Anderson, 40, of Wheatfield Street. He was placed on probation for a year and ordered to follow the rules of the mental health court in Niagara Falls. If he does, his felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor, but if he fails again, Anderson faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison.
"I hear voices all day, every day," Anderson said in court Aug. 20. "The only way they stop is when I take drugs."
Anderson pleaded guilty last year to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after North Tonawanda police stopped his car and found cocaine March 7, 2011.