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LOCKPORT – A man who admitted to two Niagara Falls house burglaries Friday said he once passed up a drug treatment program in favor of serving a jail sentence, but he’s changed his views.

“It’s time to grow up,” said Anthony P. Taibi, 24, of LaSalle Avenue in the Falls, as he pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and attempted third-degree burglary. He tried to entere a home on Girard Avenue in the Falls Dec. 5 and did break into a Woodlawn Avenue home March 21. He owes the homeowner $1,015 in restitution.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas admitted Taini to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment. He faces up to 11 years in prison if he doesn’t successfully complete the treatment plan. Success will mean two misdemeanor charges with a promise of no jail time.