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Man sentenced to 7 years in attack on Middleport toddler

LOCKPORT – Samuel A. Figueroa, who brutally kicked his girlfriend’s 22-month-old daughter last fall, inflicting a fractured pelvis, a broken rib and a bloody cyst on her pancreas, was sentenced to seven years in state prison Wednesday.

It was the longest sentence Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III could have imposed on Figueroa, 32, for his pre-indictment guilty plea to second-degree assault, and the judge tacked on three years of post-release supervision.

“I’ll never forgive myself for what I did,” a weeping Figueroa said. “I’m not asking for any type of leniency.”

His attorney, Scott A. Stopa, said Figueroa was under the influence of drugs at the time of the attack in the home Figueroa then shared with the toddler and her mother on South Main Street in Middleport, on an undetermined date in late September or early October.

Deputy District Attorney Holly E. Sloma said the girl “was, without exaggeration, on the brink of death.” However, after undergoing surgery in Women and Children’s Hospital, the girl seems to have recovered.