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Repeat felon admits to violating mom’s restraining order

LOCKPORT – Jerry D. Sweney of Niagara Falls, who violated a restraining order issued to his mother and grandmother after he struck the latter woman in the head, pleaded guilty Monday to violating that order.

Sweney, who turns 47 Tuesday, admitted to aggravated family offense, a felony that could land him in state prison for as long as four years. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III will make the call Nov. 9.

On April 24, Sweney, formerly of Independence Avenue, completed a two-year County Jail sentence for assaulting his grandmother. Over the next two days, he allegedly made a series of harassing phone calls to his grandmother and mother, and Monday he admitted calling his mother despite the order of protection.

Sweney has been to state prison twice before, most recently for a 2006 robbery conviction, and has been arrested more than 30 times.