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Falls man goes to prison for choking woman, breaking her nose

LOCKPORT – Christopher James seems to be a hard man to get along with, judging by the 39 times he’s been the offender in domestic violence calls in Niagara Falls since 1992.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon cited that statistic Friday as she sentenced James, 48, to two to four years in state prison for an incident with a woman in his Fairfield Avenue apartment on the night of May 27-28.

Defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. said James and the woman had been smoking crack cocaine together for hours when things got physical. James choked the woman and broke her nose. Faso said James is “a crack addict.”

The 39 offenses involved six different women, including James’ ex-wife and his mother, Sheldon said.

“Two to four years is lenient given what happened,” Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said before the sentencing for attempted second-degree strangulation. He originally obtained a rape indictment against James but later concluded he might not be able to prove it to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.