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Mac and cheese hurler pleads guilty to food felony

LOCKPORT – An inmate of the Niagara County Jail, who burned a fellow prisoner by throwing a container of freshly microwaved macaroni and cheese at him, pleaded guilty to a felony Friday before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Tommy E. Clark, 28, of Evelyn Street, Buffalo, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault for the April 1, 2014, incident, in which the victim was burned on the face, neck and kneecap.

Murphy will sentence Clark Dec. 11 – the maximum is four years behind bars – but first Clark is to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara Wednesday for conspiracy to distribute cocaine between April 2012 and January 2013, when he was arrested. Clark faces between 70 and 87 months in federal prison.

He was being held in Niagara County under an agreement with the U.S. Marshal’s Service for the county to house some federal prisoners whose cases haven’t been completed. The federal court plea agreement says Clark was using the phones in the jail to keep up his drug business for three months after his arrest.