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ATTACKER WHO FLED TO AVOID JAIL TIME PLEADS GUILTY TO FELONY BAIL-JUMPING

A Cheektowaga man who jumped bail to avoid going to state prison for a brutal 1993 attack on a West Side woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge that could net him additional jail time.

Joseph Frazier, 40, entered the plea to felony bail-jumping before State Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Rossetti, who scheduled sentencing for Aug. 5. Assistant District Attorney Paul S. Piotrow-ski said Frazier could be given three to four years as a result of the plea.

Frazier, a former Local 210 laborer and longtime Cheektowaga landfill activist, was a fugitive for eight months until June 13, when investigators for the district attorney's and federal marshal's office tracked him to a Williamsville motel, where he had been staying for several weeks.

He had been sentenced by Rossetti in 1995 to 10 to 20 years for an attack on Cynthia Baldi, now of Las Vegas. She was beaten with a tire iron and forced to drink a caustic liquid after he broke into her home in October 1993. The attack occurred three weeks after the unsolved murder of her husband, Michael Baldi, who was suspected of being a drug trafficker.

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