LOCKPORT – William R. Kowarko withdrew his guilty plea in a felony driving while intoxicated case Monday after State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. told him that upon further review, he couldn’t keep his promise not to incarcerate Kowarko.
Instead, Kowarko, 35, of 70th Street, Niagara Falls, was scheduled for trial Oct. 11 on a Class D felony count of DWI, carrying a seven-year maximum prison term. To settle an April 8, 2015, DWI arrest in Niagara Falls, he had pleaded guilty last year to a Class E felony, which has a four-year maximum sentence, with a promise of probation.
Monday, Kloch gave him a chance to withdraw his plea after having second thoughts about the sentence. Kowarko, who has three DWI convictions, was arrested April 16 in the City of Tonawanda for driving with a suspended license and drug possession.