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Falls man pleads guilty to harassing estranged wife

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who was indicted in connection with two domestic incidents involving his estranged wife was allowed to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor Thursday before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Joseph N. Smith, 38, of 18th Street, admitted to second-degree aggravated harassment and is scheduled for sentencing May 29. He could go to jail for up to a year.

Originally, Smith was charged with using a knife Oct. 4 to threaten the woman in the presence of their 8-year-old daughter. He didn’t admit to that, but he pleaded guilty to sending a harassing electronic message to the woman Sept. 1.