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Man sentenced in bar fight car assault

Man sentenced in bar fight car assault

Jury had rejected attempted-murder charges
Man sentenced in bar fight car assault
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SCHENECTADY - A city man received seven years in state prison Thursday for using his car to seriously injure a man after a bar fight last year, prosecutors said.

Edward O. Daniels, 35, of Gari Lane, appeared in court after a jury convicted him in January of attempted assault and weapons possession. The jury rejected more serious attempted-murder and assault charges.

The jury found that Daniels used a car to strike Lavar Tillman on Swan Street, near Albany Street, early in the morning April 23. The victim reported flipping into the air and possibly hitting a building. Tillman suffered a cut to his face and arm as well as a cracked sternum.

Daniels had faced up to 15 years. Prosecutor Nicolaus Brooks-McDonald asked for 10 years, while defense attorney Kevin O'Brien asked for a minimum sentence, Brooks-McDonald said.
Judge Frank P. Milano ultimately sentenced Daniels to seven years, Brooks-McDonald said.

The incident began at the TenTen Lounge on State Street when Daniels and Tillman got into a fist fight. The bar owner forced both men out and Daniels spotted Tillman on Swan Street, striking him, according to trial arguments.

Daniels sought Tillman out after the fight and then ran him down to exact "street justice," Brooks-McDonald argued at trial.

The defense argued Daniels was not criminally responsible, suggesting either Tillman had a gun or Daniels didn't intend to hit him. Key prosecution witnesses also lied, defense attorney O'Brien alleged at trial.

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