LOCKPORT – A Lockport man who, according to his lawyer, hangs around with gang members and was tattooed with their symbols, was sentenced to state prison Friday for causing a policeman to suffer a broken thumb.
Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon directed that Cedric R. Carpenter, 21, of Washburn Street, should be assigned to the state’s boot camp-style “shock incarceration” program. “If you cop an attitude,” Sheldon warned, “you’re going to do one and a third to four years in straight population, just so you know.”
Carpenter declined to speak, but Assistant District Attorney Ryan K. Parisi and Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph Catalano agreed that he needs boot camp.
“My hope is he’ll use this as the opportunity he needs to turn his life around,” said Parisi, who added that Carpenter has been in trouble repeatedly for the past four years.
Carpenter was accused of pulling a knife on a man during an Oct. 3 fight on Washburn Street. In subduing Carpenter, Officer Aaron K. Belling fractured his right thumb when he fell to the ground.