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Latest assault brings 2-4 years

A man with a history of assaulting women was sentenced to two to four years in prison Tuesday for his latest assault.

Weyman Tinch, 21, of Hampshire Avenue, who pleaded guilty to assault, beat a 19-year-old woman he had known since childhood just two months after being paroled for a December 2006 attack on three female Buffalo college students.

Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk also said he will have to serve an additional two years in prison on parole violation charges in the 2006 case.

The 19-year-old victim, who was beaten last Aug. 4 in a Niagara Street flat, denounced Tinch as "a vicious, violent person" who has left her distrustful of men.

Franczyk pointed to Tinch's "escalating" history of violence since his teenage years and ordered him to apologize, in the courtroom, to his victim, who was weeping.

"I'm sorry for the pain and suffering I put her through," Tinch said.

Prosecutor Matthew A. Albert said Tinch was quickly arrested after the latest attack, in which he drunkenly punched and kicked the victim for several hours before she managed to escape.

Tinch was sentenced to three years in prison in 2007 on a robbery plea in the 2006 case. Albert said that as the three University at Buffalo students walked along Minnesota Avenue at about 11:45 p.m. Dec. 8, 2006, Tinch and another man never arrested confronted them and stole a cell phone and $10 from the woman whom Tinch beat severely.

The victim of the beating required surgery for two broken front teeth and suffered abdominal injuries, Albert said.

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