Judge sentences 3 to county jail

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 October 2019 at 2:56 pm

ALBION – Three people were sentenced this morning to time in the Orleans County Jail by County Court Judge Sanford Church.

Maria L. Lape, 25, previously pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

She was sentenced to a year in the county jail. Judge Church said Lape has been on probation twice before without success, and hasn’t been working, or pursuing an education or treatment program.

She also faces a $750 fine by the Department of Motor Vehicles and other court fines more than $500.

• A Depew woman who previously admitted to violating terms of her probation was sentenced to nine months in the county jail.

Jenna Zagara, 28, formerly of Lockport had been on probation for petit larceny, after allegedly racking up $1,905 in unauthorized spending on someone else’s credit card.

She still needs to pay $1,183 in restitution.

Best, the public defender, asked for less than nine months in jail for Zagara, but Church gave her the maximum sentenced in a plea deal.

“She showed complete disrespect for the people in probation.” The judge said.

• Coley Doward Jr., 35, of Medina previously pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI and felony AUO of a motor vehicle.

He was stopped in the Town of Shelby on Nov. 5. He didn’t have a license due to a previous DWI in 2007.

He was sentenced to four months in jail and five years of probation.

Prior to the recent charges, Doward didn’t have any arrests for nearly decade, Public Defender Joanne Best said.

• A former inmate at the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion was arraigned on two counts of second-degree assault.

Michael T. Hawkins allegedly struck a corrections officer in the face, causing a laceration with blood. He also allegedly had intent to prevent a CO from their lawful duty.

The judge set bail at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond for Hawkins, who isn’t due to be released from prison until 2022.

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