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Man who held gun to girlfriend’s head pleads guilty

LOCKPORT – A man who was charged with holding a handgun to the head of his live-in girlfriend after firing the weapon in the house accepted a plea deal Thursday.

Daniel B. Riehle, 60, who is now living in a hostel on Third Street in Niagara Falls, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas agreed to limit his possible sentence to four years in prison when Riehle, who is free on a $50,000 bail bond, returns to court Jan. 8.

The Brooklyn native was living on Tuscarora Road in the Town of Niagara at the time of the April 1 incident. Police found the gun hidden behind a pillow that had an apparent bullet hole in it.