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Federal prisoner charged with breaking woman’s nose

LOCKPORT – A former Lockport man, who is serving federal prison time for violating the terms of his release on drug and gun charges, pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court Tuesday to an indictment accusing him of breaking a woman’s nose in a March 16 assault in Newfane.

Jeremiah K. Clark, 45, whose last address was on Bridgeman Street in Buffalo, was indicted on two counts of second-degree assault. The assault arrest came about a month after his early release from federal prison on Feb. 11, and caused him to be resentenced on July 9 to a year and a day in federal custody for violating release terms.

The victim was punched and kicked in a parking lot and suffered a nasal fracture, a chipped tooth and facial cuts and bruises, court papers said.

Clark was convicted in a U.S. District Court jury trial in July 2005 of illegal possession of cocaine, a .357-caliber handgun and ammunition, crimes that occurred in Lockport on Nov. 16, 2002. He was originally sentenced to 13 years in prison.