LOCKPORT - A Cheektowaga man pleaded guilty Thursday to beating up his girlfriend in a Royalton barn, leaving the woman with a fractured skull.
Nicholas Galante, 25, of Penwood Drive, accepted a preindictment plea offer to second-degree assault. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. scheduled sentencing for Jan. 18. Galante, who served almost three months in jail before being bailed out, remains free until then. Kloch could sentence him to as long as seven years in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre and defense counsel Richard Vallone agreed that the woman, a Royalton resident, laid hands on Galante first before Galante retaliated in the June 21 fight in the barn. There was a witness to the beating, in which no weapons were used, Baehre said.