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Niagara Falls man sentenced to 5 years for inflicting brain damage on roommate

A man who beat his roommate last year, inflicting brain trauma and other injuries, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison and three years of post-release supervision.

Scott Lewis, 29, of Crick Court, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, but Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he would not impose the seven-year maximum because of Lewis' mental health issues. Defense attorney Alexandra R. Heaney said Lewis has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

When he pleaded guilty March 27, Lewis asserted that the victim, Dennis McGuire, 52, stole food from the refrigerator. But Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said McGuire denied that and also rejected Lewis' claim that they were in a fight.

"This was not a mutual combat fight between two individuals. This was an attack," Hoffmann said. She said McGuire has vision problems and needs damage to his front teeth repaired.

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