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Former Sheriff's deputy sentenced to year in prison

A former Erie County Sheriff's Deputy was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months in prison for violating a protective order.

Michael Blajszczak, 54, of Clarence was the subject of a six-month order of protection issued in Cheektowaga on April 27, 2019 while he was still a deputy. On May 2, 2019, he knowingly had a .22 caliber rifle and 11 rounds of ammunition, in violation of the order.

Blajszczak was sentenced in U.S. District Court Wednesday of possession of a firearm by a person subject to a domestic violence order of protection.

The case was jointly investigated by the Lancaster and Amherst Police Departments, the Erie County Sheriff's Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.