LOCKPORT – A man who took part in a faked armed robbery at a CVS pharmacy on North Tonawanda Oct. 3 pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court Tuesday.
Kevin M. Spellane-Newman, 24, of East Amherst, admitted to third-degree grand larceny and was assigned to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said Spellane-Newman faces up to seven years in prison if he washes out of the diversion program, but if he succeeds, his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a probation sentence.
Charges remain pending against his girlfriend, Kayla Hotaling, 23, of Doebler Drive, North Tonawanda, a CVS employee who, police said, set up the theft of $3,784 from the Payne Avenue store to look as if she had been robbed and pistol-whipped by a gunman, played by Spellane-Newman, who was living in Niagara Falls at the time.
Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said all but $678 of the stolen money was recovered, and that amount was ordered as a restitution tab as part of the plea deal.