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Town of Niagara man sentenced to year in jail for attack on landlord

A Town of Niagara man was sentenced to a year in jail Tuesday for punching his landlord more than two years ago, breaking some bones in the victim's face.

Cory Lewis, 27, of Tuscarora Road, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault almost a year ago, but didn't show up for sentencing. His attorney, David J. Mansour, blamed Lewis' absence on his heroin addiction.

The victim, Clifford Kendzia, was injured March 21, 2015, in an apparent landlord-tenant dispute. Kendzia suffered facial fractures in the attack at his business, Kenzia Tire on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls. Lewis had been accused of using an unknown object in the attack, but  Mansour denied that, saying Lewis used only his fist.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed the sentence, the maximum available for the charge.


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