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Paraplegic charged with assaulting son

LOCKPORT - A man who was left a paraplegic when he was shot eight years ago pleaded not guilty Thursday to an indictment accusing him of assaulting his son.

Randolph R. Scott Jr., 39, of Main Street, Niagara Falls, appeared in State Supreme Court in a wheelchair to enter his plea. Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. released Scott on his own recognizance, rejecting a request from Niagara County Deputy District Attorney Holly E. Sloma to set bail.

Scott is charged with second-degree assault, aggravated family offense and endangering the welfare of a child in an incident that occurred May 20 or 21, Sloma said. Defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. said the boy was 7 or 8 years old.

Scott was shot in an apartment in Niagara Falls on April 3, 2008. The shooter, Dominic C. Ridgeway, now 28, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and is serving a 17-year prison sentence.


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