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Former Lovejoy grocer sentenced on probation violation

A judge Tuesday revoked the probation of a former Lovejoy convenience store owner who pleaded guilty to misusing food stamp benefits and attempted burglary in 2017.

Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka made the decision after hearing Ahmed Alshami tested positive for cocaine, opiates, alcohol, marijuana and heroin in different combinations on at least five occasions while on probation. The judge also sentenced Alshami to an additional five months in jail.

Alshami, 38, illegally used customers’ food stamp benefits to buy goods at other supermarkets to stock the shelves at his IGA Community Express Mart on Ludington at Davey streets. In another case, he admitted to breaking into a nearby apartment and stealing some items.

Alshami was arrested in 2016 and, unable to post bail, spent eight months in custody before being sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation plus $3,800 restitution.

Alshami was taken into custody in early December. Defense attorney Daniel Grasso said he expected him to be released soon so he can enter a drug rehabilitation program.

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