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Ontario resident gets seven years in theft of SUV, 3 flat-screen TVs

An Ontario man will be spending a lot of time in the United States, all of it behind bars.

Garrett General, 22, of Oshweken, who is already serving a four-year prison term for stealing an all-terrain vehicle from a Wheatfield dealership, was sentenced Friday by Erie County Judge Shirley Troutman to another seven years for stealing a SUV and three flat-screen televisions in Cheektowaga last year.

That's not the end of General's criminal problems. He also is awaiting trial on attempted murder charges in Niagara County.

Erie County prosecutors Justin T. Wallens and Paul J. Glascott said General pleaded guilty to six counts of burglary, grand larceny, criminal mischief, assault, reckless endangerment and a stolen-property count for stealing an SUV from the Millennium Airport Hotel parking lot in Cheektowaga at about midnight Dec. 14.

The prosecutors said General drove the vehicle to a nearby Rosa's store, smashed a window and stole the TVs, setting off an alarm that brought police. After a 15-minute car chase at speeds of up to 80 mph, General was captured when he crashed on Jefferson Avenue exit of the Kensington Expressway.

On Sept. 3, Niagara County Judge Matthew Murphy sentenced General on his guilty plea to burglary and stolen-property charges for the theft of an ATV from the Bob Weaver Motorsports shop on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield on Sept. 2, 2008.

Glascott and Wallens said General was arrested in that case after police chased his pickup truck, which had the ATV in its bed, to the Tuscarora Indian Reservation.

General faces up to 25 more years in prison if he is convicted of attempted murder for allegedly shooting a Lewiston man May 30 during a fight over a stolen car.

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