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SUSPENSION OF PITTS' SENTENCE IS INSULTING TO VICTIM

Anthony Pitts, son of Buffalo Bills assistant coach Elijah Pitts, was recently sentenced for brutally assaulting an Orchard Park woman on a secluded town roadway last August. After sentencing, Pitts was immediately transferred to the Erie County Holding Center to begin serving 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison, the state maximum.

Only after being convicted did Pitts claim he was sorry. Earlier, he had testified that the attack was "like a dream," and he "really (doesn't) know what happened."

Vincent A. Tobia, Pitts' chief defense lawyer and general counsel for the Buffalo Bills, argued to Judge Sheila A. DiTullio that because Pitts had no prior record, he should not receive the maximum sentence. Since when does a violent criminal deserve a second chance? Did the victim receive any mercy from Pitts? Absolutely not.

Tobia said he would appeal the sentence after Judge DiTullio refused to cave in to his demands of leniency. Tobia then contacted State Appellate Division Justice Leo J. Fallon, who suspended Pitts' sentence until his appeal takes place. Pitts was immediately released from custody.

Bills coach Marv Levy had offered his support in freeing Pitts. Would Levy have been so eager if the victim had been his daughter?

Shame on Levy, Tobia and Fallon for their lack of concern for the innocent woman who was the victim of Pitts' brutal assault.

Charles Byrnes Buffalo

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