NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Daniel Crangle, a member of the Town of Tonawanda Board, has been sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge after pleading guilty to a harassment charge in a domestic violence case.
Crangle, 59, pleaded guilty to the violation during an April 5 court appearance in Buffalo. A misdemeanor count of stalking was dismissed.
“For a first-time DV [domestic violence] offender, that’s a pretty typical resolution of the case, if the victim approves,” said Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III. The victim was present at the proceeding and approved the disposition, Sedita noted.
Crangle was arrested by town police on Feb. 16, after a complaint was filed by his estranged wife, Kit.
The case was transferred to Erie County’s Integrated Domestic Violence Court, a specialized court created in 2003 so that domestic violence victims wouldn’t have to appear before different judges in multiple courts to deal with separate criminal, family and matrimonial cases.
Rachel Newton, chief of the District Attorney Office’s Domestic Violence Bureau, was the prosecutor.
After State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges recused herself from the case last month, it was assigned to Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III, who presides over the integrated court in that county.
The conditional discharge calls for Crangle to live a law-abiding life and have no further arrests, among other things. He also waived sealing the records, “which means he’s got a record now,” Sedita said.
The judge also issued a two-year, no-contact order of protection, which supersedes an earlier order issued by a Kenmore village justice.
Contacted on Thursday, Crangle said: “It’s a personal matter between me and my wife, and I want it to stay that way.”