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POLICE & COURTS

Plea in sex case brings jail, 10 years' probation

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda man was ordered Wednesday to serve six months in jail to kick off a 10-year probation term for having sexual contact with a teenage girl.

Lloyd P. Schul, 44, of Schenck Street, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree sexual abuse. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III could have sent him to prison for as long as four years.

Although Schul pleaded guilty to a single incident from November 2005, Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello asserted that Schul had been molesting the girl for several years.

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Driver in DWI crash sent to prison, fined $6,770

James Brand, the owner of a Hamburg landscaping company, was ordered Wednesday to serve a one- to three-year prison term and fined $6,770 for a driving while intoxicated accident in which he slammed his pickup truck into the car of State Corrections Officer David Morga in February at a Hamburg intersection.

Before having Brand, 27, of Kenneson Parkway, taken from court in handcuffs, State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller told him he was surprised he could even start his vehicle with the 0.25 percent blood alcohol level he had at the time of the late-night incident.

Morga, 46, who only recently returned to work at Gowanda Correctional Facility, and his wife, Kathy, urged the judge to teach Brand and similar drunken drivers a lesson. Brand tearfully apologized to both for "the terrible mistakes that I made" the night of the crash.

Brand, who was free on bail until Wednesday, pleaded guilty April 16 to first-degree vehicular assault and misdemeanor aggravated drunken driving.

Morga's vehicle was rear-ended by Brand and his car burst into flames at about 10 p.m. Feb. 8 at the intersection of Camp Road and Southwestern Boulevard.

Morga, who was burned over 60 percent of his body, was in a medically induced coma for 11 days and was hospitalized for five weeks.

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