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New York psychiatrist who buried body in his backyard pleads guilty to evidence tampering


ROCHESTER, New York — A western New York psychiatrist who admits burying another man's body in his backyard has pleaded guilty to evidence tampering.

Monroe County prosecutors still haven't said how the buried man died, but they say investigators determined they could not bring homicide charges against the psychiatrist, 63-year-old William Lewek.

Rochester police discovered Matthew Straton's body in a shallow grave behind Lewek's home in January 2014. It had been there for several months.

In September, while awaiting trial, Lewek crashed his car along the Niagara River in western New York and walked into the water. Emergency crews used ropes to rescue him and he was treated for hypothermia.

He'll be sentenced on the evidence tampering charge in Monroe County Court April 29. He could get up to four years in prison.

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