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Falls man ready to fight when he goes to prison

LOCKPORT – Joseph T. Fago, who assisted a friend who twice broke the jaw of a North Tonawanda man in 2012, said Thursday he’s ready to bring that two-fisted style to state prison.

In a report to Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III, Fago’s probation officer quoted him as saying, “If I am incarcerated for any length of time, I’ll probably end up committing another assault.”

Asked by the judge to explain that, Fago said, “If there was a fight, I would defend myself. I wouldn’t walk away.”

Fago, 20, of South Avenue, Niagara Falls, was sentenced by Murphy to two years in prison, followed by three years of post-release supervision, after he violated probation by being arrested Dec. 21 for driving while intoxicated, not paying fees and surcharges, not getting a job or going to school, not obtaining a substance abuse evaluation, and failing to complete his assigned 20 days in the county work program by a Dec. 1 deadline.

Fago took a plea deal to attempted second-degree burglary and testified against the attacker, Walter M. Edwards, 30, who was convicted of the two beatings and sentenced to eight years in prison.