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Falls parolee charged with beating man twice, offering bribes

LOCKPORT – A state prison parolee pleaded not guilty Monday to a new indictment accusing him of beating the same man on consecutive days and then trying to bribe him not to testify.

Richard D. Young, 47, of 19th Street, Niagara Falls, is charged with three counts of assault, single counts of burglary and criminal mischief, and two counts each of bribing and tampering with a witness.

Niagara County Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Young allegedly was angry that a borrowed vacuum cleaner had not been returned by Daniel Sparks. On July 12, Young allegedly struck Sparks with a shelf and the next day, with his fists. Young also stole food, Hoffmann charged.

After his arrest, Young allegedly sent Sparks three letters from jail, urging the victim not to testify before the grand jury. Hoffmann said Young offered to let Sparks use his welfare benefit card to replace the stolen food, and also offered him women and other benefits.

Young, who was on parole from a 2014 burglary conviction, was held in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III ordered him to have no more contact with Sparks.

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