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'One-man crime wave' to serve up to 11 years in prison

The judge described Brian E. Schmiege as  "a one-man crime wave" before sentencing him to 4 1/3 to 11 years in state prison.

Schmiege, 30, of Niagara Falls, said he has medical and mental health issues and doesn't remember some of the crimes.

He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted burglary for stealing a radiator and other metal objects from a home on Ferry Avenue in the Falls April 21. Also, Schmiege admitted to auto stripping for stealing tires off vehicles at Ki-Po Chevrolet in Ransomville in July 2016.

When State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. sentenced Schmiege on Thursday, he included time for violating probation in earlier burglary and identity theft cases. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Joel M. Grundy said a plea bargain kept him from prosecuting Schmiege for more crimes.

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