LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who entered a vacant house June 20 and cut down copper plumbing pleaded guilty Monday and was assigned to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.
Cameron A. Paul, 20, of Haeberle Avenue, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary for an incident that occurred on that street. Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said Paul and co-defendant Steven A. Willard Jr. 21, of 20th Street, were charged with entering the house, and she said Paul knew it was vacant because the tenant had been evicted the day before.
She said Paul told police that he was just looking for a place to smoke marijuana, but police found a bag of tools and pipes that had been cut down, leading to the bathtub and other fixtures. Charges are still pending against Willard.
Paul, who said in an earlier court appearance that he has been smoking pot daily since he was 12, can earn a misdemeanor and a probation sentence if he succeeds in diversion. Otherwise, he faces up to seven years in prison.