LOCKPORT - Daniel J. Harmon received the maximum sentence Wednesday for taking a motorcycle on a test drive - all the way to Texas.
State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. ordered Harmon, 57, of Nassau Avenue, Kenmore, to serve 3 1/2 to seven years in state prison for stealing the motorcycle from American Harley-Davidson on Erie Avenue in North Tonawanda.
A jury convicted Harmon of making off with the used 2010 Harley, priced at $12,495, while taking it on a test drive Sept. 24, 2o15. It was recovered when Harmon was arrested in Texas five days later. During his trial in December, Harmon said he was headed for Arizona to take a job in his cousin's solar panel installation business.
He also contended that he made a deal with the dealership's sales manager to take the Harley in exchange for four pounds of marijuana, a story vehemently denied by the salesman on the witness stand.
Harmon, who was convicted of third-degree grand larceny, admitted during his testimony that he stole two motorcycles in Virginia in 2014, one by not returning from a test drive and the other by writing a bogus check for $13,000.