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Kloch sends two drunken drivers behind bars

LOCKPORT – State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. sentenced two drunken drivers in separate cases Monday.

Joseph J. Pawlik, 32, of Fifth Street, Niagara Falls, drew two years in Niagara County Jail and fines and fees totaling $3,210 for a pair of guilty pleas to felony counts of driving while intoxicated. He was arrested twice last year in Lewiston, on Feb. 22 and May 16. They were his fourth and fifth alcohol-related convictions since 2005.

Defense attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said Pawlik had been sober for seven or eight years but relapsed when his father died. Kloch said, “I lost my father and mother within five months of each other. Never did I think I had to honor their memory by drinking myself into oblivion.”

In the other case, Felix M. Davis, 34, of Washington Drive, Lewiston, was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in state prison for violating probation on a felony DWI conviction that resulted from a Nov. 28, 2013, arrest in Lewiston.

“I gave you a chance. I put you on probation. You crashed and burned,” Kloch told Davis.