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July 12, 2013

Suspect in savage attack on 7-year-old girl mulls plea deal

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — A city man accused of savagely attacking a 7-year-old girl on New Year’s Eve will take the weekend to decide if he’ll accept a plea deal.

If David L. Alfonso, 28, accepts, he would plead guilty to one count of first-degree attempted assault and face a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

Alfonso was charged with second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation after police say he attacked his girlfriend’s 7-year-old daughter.

Alfonso was expected to decide his fate Thursday afternoon during an appearance before Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas. However, attorney David Douglas said his client needed more time to discuss the plea with his family.

According to Douglas, Alfonso was hoping to work out a plea deal that would cap his sentence, but county prosecutors would not go along with a cap.

”We were thinking a cap of 10 years,” said Douglas. “But the people said they’d oppose that.”

Douglas said he’s not sure what Alfonso will decide.

”I don’t have an answer for that,” he said.

Farkas granted the “brief” adjournment. Alfonso returns to court at 9 a.m. on Monday.

Lockport police responded to a woman’s frantic 911 call around 2 p.m. Dec. 31 that a man was “killing my baby” at 79 Monroe St.

Police responded and found Alfonso covered in blood at the intersection. They had to use a Taser to subdue him.

According to police, Alfonso had choked the girl until she blacked out, then tried to rip off the girl’s jaw and rip out her teeth and tongue. Police said the mother stabbed Alfonso in an attempt to stop the assault, but that it had no effect. The victim’s mother was not charged.

The girl fled the scene and ran to her grandmother’s house, a few blocks away.

Police never released a motive for the attack but the girl’s grandmother later told Channel 4 News that Alfonso was on bath salts at the time of the attack.

“He was on some kind of drugs,” Maxine Townsend said. “I found out what he was on … bath salts.”

If Alfonso rejects the plea deal, a trial is scheduled for July 29.

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