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Man violates his DWI probation and pays the price

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who had been serving a six month sentence for felony drunken driving was sentenced in Niagara County Court Tuesday to five years probation for violating restrictions on drinking.

Stephen L. Majka, 30, of Point Avenue was convicted of felony drunken driving on Aug. 2, 2012, but was tested and found to have been drinking in February.

“That’s how you celebrate your recovery – by going drinking with your friends?” said Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Majka told Farkas he had let both himself and his family down.

“I wasn’t thinking,” Majka said. “It’s an extremely difficult struggle.”

Farkas extended his probation to five years, ordered him to wear a monitoring bracelet for six months, gave him a $1,000 fine and $520 surcharge and revoked his license for a year and his driving privileges for five years.

He was also ordered to install an ignition interlock on any vehicles he owns and to not go into bars, taverns or any other place that serves alcohol while he is on probation.