A U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Afghanistan was given a chance Thursday to avoid prison for strangling a woman at a Lewiston bar.

Eric Krupczyk, 30, Grand Island, was sentenced by Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon to five years of probation, a condition of which is that he complete a two-year diversion program for veterans.

Krupczyk pleaded guilty Sept. 11 to attempted second-degree strangulation. He was caught on video assaulting a woman, who had a court order of protection on Krupczyk, at the Brickyard Pub on March 21.

Lewiston police were called to the area of Center Street for a report of a woman who had a bloody face and was missing teeth. They located the woman and an investigation determined she was outside the bar with Krupczyk when he physically assaulted her.

Defense attorney Herbert Greenman said Krupczyk's traumatic experiences in Afghanistan led to issues with drugs and alcohol, and brought him to a "bad place" in the time before the attack.