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Mac and cheese hurler to serve prison time

LOCKPORT – A Niagara County Jail inmate who threw a container of hot macaroni and cheese at another inmate, inflicting burns, was sentenced Monday to 1 1/2 to three years in prison.

Tommy E. Clark, 28, of Evelyn Street, Buffalo, will begin serving that time after completing a 58-month federal prison sentence for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, imposed Oct. 30 by Senior U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Clark was being held in Lockport under terms of a deal between Niagara County and the U.S. Marshal’s Service to house some federal inmates whose cases are incomplete.

On April 1, 2014, Clark hurled mac and cheese, hot from the microwave, and burned the other inmate on the face, neck and kneecap. The reason was unclear, but Clark did plead guilty to a felony, attempted second-degree assault, before County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III, who imposed Monday’s sentence.