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Judge pulls out all the stops in vehicular assault sentence

LOCKPORT – State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. gave an East Amherst man a long list of penalties Tuesday for a hit-and-run crash that injured the other driver, a pregnant woman, in Lockport last year.

Michael J. Kuhn, 35, of Transit Road, was sentenced to eight weekends in jail, five years on probation, 80 hours of community service, $1,605 in fines and fees, a year wearing an alcohol-monitoring bracelet and a six-month driver’s license revocation.

Kuhn had pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular assault and a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated in a March 4, 2014, rear-end crash at Lincoln and Beattie avenues, after which he left the scene.

In another case Tuesday, Kloch scheduled sentencing Nov. 17 for Christopher C. Burlakos, 44, of Weston Avenue, Niagara Falls, who pleaded guilty to felony DWI. It was his fifth alcohol-related driving conviction dating back to 1992. Burlakos, who was arrested Jan. 19 in the Falls, faces a maximum of four years in state prison.