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LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas grudgingly gave a Buffalo man a 90-day chance to prove himself on interim probation Friday.

Willie E. Mathews, 46, of Shirley Avenue, is awaiting sentencing for attempted first-degree reckless endangerment and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He fired a stolen 9mm handgun into a group of people outside the 3M Club on Highland Avenue in the Falls at about 3 a.m. June 10, 2012.

When defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. called Mathews “a good candidate for probation,” Farkas replied, “I don’t know how well he’s going to do when he has a shot of bourbon before the presentencing investigation interview and shows up reeking of alcohol. He also says that he would have tested positive for marijuana if they had tested him the day of the interview.”

She warned Mathews, “The Probation Department is requesting incarceration, so you’re really going to have to impress them.”

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