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Fresh out of jail, Falls man is indicted again

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who had just been released from jail was sent back behind bars by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III Tuesday after his arraignment on a new indictment involving the same victim.

Jerry D. Sweney, 46, formerly of Independence Avenue, pleaded not guilty to three counts of criminal contempt and two counts of aggravated family offense.

Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre said Sweney was released from the Niagara County Jail April 24 after serving most of a two-year sentence for hitting his 89-year-old grandmother in the head. Over the next two days, he allegedly made harassing phone calls to his grandmother and his mother, who had orders of protection against him. He was arrested April 27 and indicted Thursday. Murphy ordered him held without bail.

Sweney has been to state prison twice, for a drug sale conviction in 1996 and a robbery in 2007, and has been arrested nearly 30 times.