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Falls man admits assaulting teen, cop

A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Wednesday in State Supreme Court to two felony assaults for throwing a bowling ball that hit a teen and for seriously injuring a Niagara Falls police detective.

Paul A. Broadwell, 23, of 80th Street, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and attempted assault of a police officer as well as criminal contempt, a misdemeanor. Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. ordered Broadwell held without bail until sentencing Aug. 15.

Broadwell was charged with second-degree assault on Nov. 6 when he threw a bowling ball at a man during an argument in the Rapids Bowling Center in the Falls. The man ducked, and the ball hit a teen.

"The bowling ball hit this kid who was just minding his own business," said Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffman.

The 16-year-old victim suffered broken facial bones and underwent surgery to install four plates in his face, the prosecutor said.

Broadwell was released on bail in that case, but a warrant for his arrest was issued when he did not appear in court.

Niagara Falls Police Detective Shawn Bosi was injured by Broadwell on March 6, when he tried to serve a warrant in the assault case and detain Broadwell.

Broadwell ran out of a home, refusing orders to stop, and fought with Bosi, landing on the detective as they struggled, according to police reports.

Bosi suffered a torn rotator cuff and a detached bicep muscle, Hoffman said.

"It was a pretty bad injury. He's going to be out for several more months," she said.

Broadwell also pleaded guilty in connection with a Jan. 1 domestic violence case in the Falls, in which he was charged with fighting with a Kenmore woman and violating an order of protection.

Broadwell could have faced up to 14 years in prison, but Kloch agreed to a recommended sentence of five years in state prison -- 2 1/2 years served consecutively for each felony charge and a concurrent sentence of one year on the criminal contempt charge. He also will receive post-release supervision.

email: nfischer@buffnews.com