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MAN SENTENCED IN FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A Lockport man charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with a motorcycle crash that claimed the life of his 8-year-old passenger was sentenced Monday to up to five years in jail.

Niagara County Court Judge Charles J. Hannigan sentenced Paul J. Gurski Jr., 30, of Jackson Street to 15 months to four years on the charge of criminally negligent homicide and up to one year in the Niagara County Jail for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

According to police reports, Gurski was speeding and intoxicated on June 30 when he attempted to pass a line of moving cars on Walnut Street and hit a parked car, causing Khaila Alexander's death. Khaila was the daughter of Gurski's fiancee.

When he was tested soon after the crash, Gurski was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .18.

A Niagara County grand jury indicted Gurski Aug. 5 on charges of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, two DWI counts and charges of speeding and reckless driving. Gurski pleaded guilty to reduced charges of criminally negligent homicide and misdemeanor DWI on Oct. 17 in Niagara County court.

Khaila was pronounced dead at a Buffalo hospital, where she had been taken by Mercy flight after the crash.

Also in Niagara County Court on Monday, a Niagara Falls man was indicted and pleaded not guilty to third-degree burglary and attempted burglary in connection with two separate incidents at Niagara Falls businesses.

Roy Barr II, 18, of 7221 Porter Road was arrested on felony burglary charges related to a Dec. 2 incident at the Mirror Image Hair Salon building on Porter Road in the Town of Niagara. He also faces burglary charges related to an Oct. 14 incident at a 19th Street barber shop. Barr is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 30 in Niagara County Court.

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