LOCKPORT – A former college wrestling champion and professional mixed martial arts fighter was sentenced to two years in the Niagara County Jail Wednesday for assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in Niagara Falls last year.
Mahnseah T. Boley, 32, of Hilton, was convicted by a jury April 24 of two counts of third-degree assault. The jury acquitted him of burglary and sexual abuse.
The two-year sentence was the most County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III could have imposed, and it drew an immediate protest from Assistant Public Defender Michele G. Bergevin.
"I think this is an excessively harsh sentence," Bergevin told Murphy. She had argued for a sentence of time served – Boley spent more than eight months in jail before being bailed out two days after the jury verdict – so Boley, a U.S. citizen, could join the armed forces.
"Our country could benefit from someone like Mr. Boley in the military," Bergevin said.
Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell, filling in for Lisa M. Baehre, who handled the trial, asked for the maximum sentence and a five-year order of protection for the victims, which Murphy granted.
Murphy said he had been considering probation but changed his mind because of Boley's "remarks today that he shows no remorse, that he felt somehow justified in doing this."
"I got caught up in something I didn't know about," Boley said before his sentencing.
"There is no law that permits a jilted boyfriend to beat up the new boyfriend," Murphy commented.
"At the time, I didn't know," replied Boley, who was born in Liberia and moved to the Rochester area with his family when he was 9.
On the morning of Sept. 5, Boley got into a fight with a physician who had started a relationship with Boley's ex-girlfriend. The two men fought on the doctor's front lawn, as the woman screamed at them to stop.
The doctor suffered a fractured nose and orbital bone before Boley chased the woman into the house and roughed her up in the bathroom, testimony showed.
Boley apologized to his victims, who were not in the courtroom.