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Buffalo man sentenced for DWI with kids in car, burglary

A Buffalo man was sentenced Friday to 1½ years in jail for a drunken driving crash last summer in the Town of Hamburg, with nine children in his vehicle, and for a break-in 2½ weeks later at a Hamburg home.

Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk sentenced Angel Morales, 36, of Paul Place, who pleaded guilty Oct. 1 to aggravated driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree attempted burglary.

The judge ordered the jail sentences of one year in the DWI case and six months in the burglary to run consecutively.

He had faced a maximum prison sentence of up to 11 years, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

The judge also ordered his driver’s license revoked for 18 months.

Morales collided with another vehicle July 25 on Old Lakeshore Road while on his way home from the beach, with his four children and five of their friends.

When officers arrived, they found more children than seats in his vehicle and smelled alcohol on his breath, prosecutors said. He failed four field sobriety tests and had a 0.13 percent blood-alcohol content, nearly twice the 0.08 percent legal limit.

While free on bail in that case, Morales broke into a home Aug. 12 and stole prescription medications, a purse and jewelry, prosecutors said. He was arrested and sent to the Erie County Holding Center.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher McCarthy prosecuted the DWI case. Assistant District Attorney James Mansour prosecuted the burglary.

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