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Fort Erie man given short jail term for Falls DWI

LOCKPORT – State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said Friday he probably gave Patrick J. Martin less jail time than he deserved for his sixth alcohol-related conviction.

Martin, 45, of Fort Erie, Ont., had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation for his Jan. 30, 2015 arrest in Niagara Falls. Kloch said a probation sentence could not be transferred to be served in Canada by Martin, who has dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship, so he gave Martin seven days in jail, a one-year conditional discharge and fines and fees totaling $2,430.

In another case Friday before Kloch, Kimberly E. Woods, who pleaded guilty to a DWI misdemeanor for driving drunk with her 6-year-old daughter in the car on Thanksgiving Day 2013, received a conditional discharge with no jail time, and $930 in fines and fees. Woods, 38, of 21st Street, had no prior arrest record.