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Falls man who torched his own car goes to jail

LOCKPORT – A man who set his own 2000 Mercedes-Benz on fire after crashing it on the former Robert Moses Parkway in 2012 was sentenced Friday to a year in the Niagara County Jail for violating the terms of his probation.

But that won’t be the end of the legal problems for Christopher G. Pakosigan, 36, of 80th Street, Niagara Falls. That’s because his probation violation was a drunken driving arrest in Grand Island that led to a conviction for felony driving while intoxicated.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon said she will recommend to Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio that she impose a sentence to run consecutively to the one she imposed on Pakosigan Friday. That could mean four years in state prison for him.

In the incident on June 17, 2012, Pakosigan’s car struck a stop sign at the Lake Road exit from the parkway in Porter. Two girls were his passengers at the time, and he was drunk. He pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree arson, aggravated DWI and two counts of child endangerment.