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Falls man gets five years in prison for beating woman

LOCKPORT – Five years in state prison, to be followed by five years of post-release supervision, was the sentence from Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Thursday for a man who was accused of beating up a woman two days in a row.

Jerry A. Austin Jr., 35, of Greenview Terrace, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre called Austin “an extremely violent individual.”

A witness said that on Sept. 16 in Niagara Falls, he saw Austin slam a woman’s head against the inside of a car’s windshield before the woman fell from the car. The witness said he then saw Austin brandishing a baseball bat. Assistant Public Defender Christopher A. Privateer said Austin struck the woman once with the bat. The woman suffered a broken nose and a possible concussion.

In a plea bargain in March, Baehre agreed not to prosecute Austin for allegedly striking the woman with the bat the previous day. Baehre told Sheldon that she has never met the victim and obtained an indictment with the witness’ testimony to a grand jury.