LOCKPORT – A man who took part in the theft of metal from a Niagara Falls hotel under renovation pleaded guilty Wednesday and was assigned to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.
Travis M. Kicak, 40, of C Street in the Falls, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. If he succeeds in treatment, which in his case will include mental health treatment, his plea will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a probation sentence. If he washes out of the program, he faces as long as seven years in prison.
A co-defendant, Brandon J. Fava, 28, of 67th Street, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and petit larceny in Niagara Falls City Court.
The men were arrested Feb. 14 after thefts were reported from the Fallside Hotel, 401 Buffalo Ave. The hotel’s owners said at a news conference May 2 that they had suffered $20,000 in losses from metal thefts during their renovation project.