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LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Monday to burglarizing a home on 23rd Street in that city last year, but Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas promised not to send him to state prison.

Douglas VanWormer, 33, of Webb Place, admitted to attempted second-degree burglary and was scheduled for sentencing Feb. 28. Farkas said the stiffest sentence she might impose is a year in the County Jail.

Prominent Niagara Falls defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. had attempted in September to have the indictment dismissed, asserting VanWormer had a right to enter the house because of a complex real estate deal. Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell argued that VanWormer was neither the tenant nor the owner, and he knocked down two doors and struck the owner.