Kingsmen trial witness sentenced to probation

A witness in the 2014 Kingsmen Motorcycle Club double-murder was spared prison-time Wednesday for a drug arrest in 2016.

Leslie Maziarz, of North Tonawanda, was sentenced by Niagara County Court Judge Matthew Murphy III to three years of probation for a misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance charge. 

Maziarz was arrested July 8, 2016 on a felony drug charge after police executed a search warrant on a North Tonwanda residence and found her and Steven Papoi with cocaine. She pleaded guilty in November 2016 and entered a two-year drug diversion program. 

Upon completing the program, Maziarz was allowed to plead guilty to a reduced misdemeanor drug charge. 

Maziarz testified in the Sept. 6, 2014 slaying of Daniel Szymanski and Paul Maue at the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club. Witnesses testified that convicted murderer Andre Jenkins stopped at Betty's Bar and Grill, of which Maziarz was the manager, before shooting Szymanski and Maue.