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Niagara Falls mower thief headed back to jail

LOCKPORT – A man who stole a lawn mower from a neighbor’s open garage two years ago was sentenced to six months in jail Thursday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

William Dietz II, 33, of Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, was sentenced a year ago to 60 days in jail and three years’ probation. The jail time he served will count toward the new sentence for violating probation.

Dietz was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, second-degree criminal trespass, in connection with the June 9, 2013 theft.