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Lewek pleads guilty to parole violation, heads back to prison

Dr. William Lewek pleaded guilty last week to violating the conditions of his parole.  (Photo: NYSDOCCS)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The former doctor convicted of burying the body of a Rochester man in his backyard in 2013 will be going back to prison.

William Lewek pleaded guilty last week to violating the conditions of his parole. Multiple inquiries requesting information on how Lewek violated his parole have not resulted in that violation being disclosed.

Lewek was booked into Monroe County Jail on January 9, according to jail records.

As a result of the plea, Lewek was sentenced to time served, plus three months in a New York State prison.

In May 2015, Lewek was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for tampering with evidence, in connection to Matthew Straton's death. In January 2014, Straton's body was found buried in Lewek's backyard on Rowley Street in Rochester. It was later found that Straton had died, likely but not conclusively, of a drug overdose in Lewek's home in October 2013.

Lewek was not charged in Straton's death.

The former doctor was released from Fishkill Correctional Facility for tampering with evidence on December 21, 2017.

According to NYS DOCCS officials, once the administrative process is completed, Lewek will be transported to prison.

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