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Optician placed on probation in Town of Niagara gun case

LOCKPORT – A former optician who is undergoing mental health treatment was placed on five years’ probation Thursday for pointing a gun at his live-in girlfriend’s head on April 1, 2014.

Daniel B. Riehle, 60, of Tuscarora Road, Town of Niagara, had pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and could have gone to prison for as long as seven years. Prosecutors said when he was indicted last year that police found the gun hidden behind a pillow that seemed to have a bullet hole in it.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon had placed Riehle on six months’ interim probation in January and was satisfied enough with his performance that she decided to give him a full probation term. She could have sentenced him to as long as seven years in prison.