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LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who sold cocaine to a police informant Feb. 6 pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Michael A. Thornton Jr., 52, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas. If Thornton succeeds in the two-year program, his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a probation sentence.

But if he washes out of the diversion program, Thornton, a repeat drug felon, risks a prison sentence of as long as 12 years on Wednesday’s plea to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.