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Woman sentenced to 7 months for role in shovel assault

LOCKPORT – Christina L. John, who was charged with luring a man into an apartment where his jaw was broken with a shovel in a robbery, was sentenced to seven months in jail Thursday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

John, 32, and the shovel-wielding Darius L. Washington, 45, both of 19th Street in Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. Murphy said he intends to sentence Washington to a year in jail. The judge suggested that after her release, John should move to another city and get a fresh start in her life. The incident occurred May 2, 2014, on Spruce Avenue in the Falls.

In another third-degree assault case, County Judge Sara Sheldon imposed a one-year jail term on Parris L. Parker, 24, of Ferry Avenue in the Falls. Parker stabbed a friend in the hand Nov. 29 in what Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said was “a heated argument.”

“Things got out of control,” Benedict said. “He’s looking forward to putting that relationship behind him.”