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LOCKPORT – A man who pleaded guilty to attacking a woman with a cigarette lighter was sentenced Friday to six months in the Niagara County Jail, to be followed by four and a half years on probation.

Joshua Hutson, 25, of Ontario Avenue, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault in connection with the April 21 incident. It was one of three domestic incidents for which Hutson had been indicted.

The victim’s father said, “No rational human being lights somebody’s hair on fire.”

Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph Catalano denied that was what happened, but Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre termed Hutson’s conduct “twisted” and “sadistic.”

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