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Falls teen avoids prison in beating of woman

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls teenager, described in a counselor’s report as “developmentally disabled,” was granted youthful offender status Monday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon and was sentenced to five years’ probation for the beating June 29 of a woman in the Falls.

The 20th Street man was 18 years old at the time of the crime, which led to a Jan. 8 guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault. The attack occurred two weeks after the teenager was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal in Niagara Falls City Court for allegedly assaulting his mother.