An admitted drug addict and career criminal, who some people say is a poster boy for revolving door justice, may soon spend some time behind bars.

James Walton Whiters, the drifter from Atlanta with a rap sheet 13 pages long, pleaded guilty in Falls City Court to charges of petit larceny, attempted petit larceny and attempted criminal mischief. He had originally faced a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny, two counts of petit larceny, three counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Whiters faces up to two years in jail when he is sentenced by Judge Robert Restaino on Jan. 6.

His deal with prosecutors on Friday is the latest installment in a criminal career spanning more than 25 years, longer than one of his most recent Niagara Falls victims had been alive. Whiters has rarely and barely paid a price for his conduct.

In the three cases, all of them car break-ins, that were settled with his plea deal, Whiters was able to commit two of the crimes after repeatedly having his bail reduced or being outright released by Chief City Court Judge Mark Violante.

During his last car break-in, the victim and her boyfriend caught Whiters in the act.

“I don’t understand it,” said Carly Sararian, her frustration clear in the sound of her voice. “I mean when my boyfriend went after him, he hardly ran. It was like he didn’t care, like he’d been through this before and he knew he’d be let out.”

Whiters, represented by a public defender, said nothing in court except “Guilty.” when prompted by his lawyer. He walked past his victims in the courtroom, without even glancing at them.

With 13 arrests in New York in his career, four of them violent felonies, Whiters explained his one man car break-in spree to a Falls Police detective by saying he was “homeless and hungry.”

In Georgia, Whiters was arrested on 34 charges, many of them felonies, between Jan. 1980 and Dec. 2000. Collectively, the 43-year-old has spent roughly six years in prison for all of his convictions, virtually all of which were plea deals.

“It’s not a new person out there committing a burglary. It’s not a new person out there committing a robbery. It’s the same people and they have long criminal records,” Niagara County Sheriff Thomas Beilein said.

Before coming to the Falls, Whiters had been charged in Buffalo with possession of burglar tools, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny. He pleaded guilty to the petit larceny charge and was given a conditional discharge.

Prior to that, Whiters was arrested in Buffalo for third-degree burglary. He pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal trespass and was sentenced to three years probation.

“We know who the troublemakers are. We have to let them know they’re not getting a plea and they are going to prison,” Beilein said.

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