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Veteran gets jail for assault with backscratcher

LOCKPORT – A man who was kicked out of the Niagara County Veterans Court program for drinking was sentenced Thursday to six months in the Niagara County Jail for striking a woman on the head with a backscratcher made of bamboo.

Michael D. Rados, 60, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, had pleaded guilty to second-degree assault as his ticket into the substance abuse treatment program offered through Veterans’ Court, although County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas and Public Defender David J. Farrugia agreed Thursday that the offense really didn’t merit such a serious charge. Rados risked a maximum of seven years in prison if he failed in the program.

Farrugia said Rados has already served 105 days in jail on the charge, which will count toward the six-month sentence. The incident, which Rados called “a tap on the head,” occurred in the home he was sharing with the woman Aug. 31, 2012.