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LOCKPORT – A man who was tied to a burglary at a Niagara Falls business by DNA testing was sentenced to one to three years in state prison Thursday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Elbert J. Lewis Jr., 43, of Frontier Avenue in the Falls, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary for a break-in at the Great Wall Restaurant in that city on Christmas Eve 2008.

Blood left near some broken glass was compared to a sample Lewis had to give for the state DNA database after his 2010 conviction for a burglary at a cellphone store in Niagara Falls. The DNA also matched blood found at the scene of a burglary at a Niagara Falls chiropractor’s office in 2009, a case settled through this plea bargain.