LOCKPORT - Peter M. Beras, whose girlfriend fractured her heel jumping from the second-story window of his former North Tonawanda apartment to escape him, was sentenced to a year in the Niagara County Jail Tuesday.
Beras, 31, now of Adam Street, City of Tonawanda, had pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful imprisonment because he allegedly used screws to prevent the woman from opening the door or window of the apartment on Oliver Street in North Tonawanda on Jan. 16. The woman managed to open the window and jumped after an argument in which Beras allegedly choked her.
State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. allowed Beras to remain free until Oct. 28 because Beras said he lives alone and has no one to feed his dog. "I'm not going to be cruel to an animal," Kloch said.
Beras protested the jail sentence, telling Kloch, "I ask for another chance to prove to you that I am a great human being."
"Saying sorry isn't good enough," Kloch said. He noted that Beras had completed a three-year probation stint for impaired driving about two weeks before the incident. The judge said, "Two weeks later you went out on the town, got drunk, abused a woman. She had to jump from a window and fractured her heel."