LOCKPORT – A woman who entered the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment 15 months ago was declared Friday to have completed the program, and the felony drug case against her was dismissed.
“That’s what the diversion program is all about. It’s a rebirth,” Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas told Shemika L. Woods, 32, of Eighth Street, Niagara Falls. She pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in January 2013 after being charged with intending to sell cocaine.
Risking up to nine years in prison if she failed in the program, Woods instead got clean and is on track for a state cosmetology license.