LOCKPORT – Two unrelated Niagara Falls men named Smith were sentenced on drug felonies Thursday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.
James S. Smith, 23, of Dudley Avenue, drew 18 months in prison, plus a year of post-release supervision, for attempted fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was one of three men arrested in a Sept. 13 police raid on a room in the Caravan Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls, where police found crack cocaine and a switchblade.
The sentence will run concurrently with a 15-month federal sentence against Smith for possession of a sawed-off shotgun.
In the other case, Murphy changed his mind on a sentence for Tyler C. Smith, 20, of LaSalle Avenue. When Smith pleaded guilty last month to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, Murphy said he would sentence him to a year behind bars. But Thursday, Murphy changed the sentence to time served after learning that Smith, who has served six months already, was planning to enter Niagara County Community College next month.