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July 15, 2013

Alfonso accepts plea deal

WILSON — David Alfonso, the man who attacked his girlfriend's 7-year-old daughter on New Year's Eve, admitted his guilt and accepted a plea deal Monday morning in Niagara County Court.

Alfonso 29, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted assault in the first degree in relation to the attack in which he choked the girl until she blacked out then tried to rip off the girl's jaw and rip out her teeth and tongue.

He also waived his right to appeal the decision.

He was originally charged with second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation.

During an appearance Thursday before Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, attorney David Douglas said Alfonso needed time to speak with his family about the plea. Douglas said Alfonso had hoped for a 10-year cap on his sentence if he pleaded guilty, but prosecutors wouldn't agree to that.

Monday marks the second time Alfonso has been convicted of a felony. He has a criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction from February 2008.

"That means the maximum sentence is five to 15 years, with post-supervision of five years," Farkas told Alfonso.

Alfonso told Farkas he understood the charges and to what he was pleading guilty.

He faces a prison term of 5-25 years and will learn his fate when he returns to court Sept. 30 for sentencing.

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