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Kenmore man goes to prison in Falls DWI case

LOCKPORT – A Kenmore man who pleaded guilty in November to his fourth driving while intoxicated charge was sentenced Thursday to state prison.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. imposed the maximum sentence of 16 months to four years, plus fines and fees totaling $1,555, on Joseph J. Zientek Jr., 41, of Parker Boulevard.

Zientek’s attorney, Robert Goldstein, said his client had been sober for eight years until his girlfriend died in 2014. He went through an alcohol rehabilitation course after his latest arrest, which occurred Oct. 3, 2014, on the Niagara Expressway in Niagara Falls.

“It’s too little, too late,” said Kloch, who noted that Zientek has been convicted of something, mostly violations or petty offenses, in 16 of the last 25 years. The DWI convictions included one in 1997 and two in 2005. In that year, he was convicted in both Erie and Cattaraugus counties.