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Six-time drunken driver imprisoned despite wife’s plea

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas sentenced a six-time drunken driver to one to three years in state prison Wednesday despite a letter from the man’s wife saying that a prison sentence would leave her homeless.

Timothy M. Brien, 45, of Green Valley Lane, Lockport, had pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated, a charge stemming from his 0.16 percent blood alcohol content after a Nov. 25 non-injury accident in Royalton.

Farkas said it was “unfair” of Brien’s wife to send her a letter saying that she’d lose her home without Brien. The judge said, “It’s not the court that will render her homeless. It’s her own husband.”

She noted that Brien was on probation from a 2011 DWI conviction when the accident occurred. Brien’s record also includes a 1987 DWI and convictions for impaired driving in 1991, 1999 and 2009.

In another DWI case Wednesday, Richard L. Godfrey, 45, of Ridge Road, Cambria, pleaded guilty to felony DWI for a Feb. 20 arrest after leaving a bar in that town. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. scheduled sentencing Jan. 7.