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The man who set a fire that did $45,000 damage to an auto repair shop on Oct. 11 will serve 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison, the district attorney's office said Friday.

Donald P. Harris, 35, of 38th Street, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree arson for torching Ron Beck's Transmission, 245 Portage Road. City Judge Mark A. Violante imposed the prison term on Harris.

In other Niagara Falls cases:

Thomas J. Owens, 23, of 15th Street, was sentenced by County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza to a year in jail, less time served, for firing shots at a man in the Jordan Gardens housing complex on Jan. 5, 2000.

Owens, who had pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless endangerment, said in court he used a pellet gun to fire the shots at James Jackson, who was not hurt.

The original indictment accused Owens of using a handgun.

Thomas J. Jakubowski, 24, of 17th Street, was placed on probation for five years for selling cocaine to an undercover police officer Jan. 13, 2000.

He had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Sperrazza also ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service, get a full-time job, spend 10 weekends in the county work program and undergo drug and alcohol testing five times a year while on probation.

Corry L. Jackson, 22, of Garden Avenue, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having more than two ounces of cocaine with the intention of selling it on June 30. Sperrazza set sentencing for March 2.

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