Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT -- The man accused in a vicious attack on Falls boxer Nick Casal will face a charge of first-degree assault.
Michael Vicki will also face new charges, in an unrelated case, involving insurance fraud and the possible intimidation of a witness.
Vicki's defense attorney, James Faso, had asked Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to reduce the highest charge his client faces in the Casal assault, arguing that the Falls boxer was not as seriously hurt as prosecutors claim.
"It is our contention that the injuries sustained by Mr. Casal do not rise to the level of assault in the first-degree," Faso said.
Faso told the judge, during a hearing Monday, that Casal, "suffered no broken bones" in the incident. Though, Faso admitted that pictures of multiple deep gashes to Casal's head were "horrible to look at."
First Assistant District Attorney Doreen Hoffmann told Farkas that Casal suffered "brain bruising" and "a brain bleed" as a result of the attack. She said that while Casal's injuries have healed, he has not been able to resume his boxing career.
A Niagara County grand jury has indicted Vicki, 30, of Portland Street, Town of Niagara, on charges of first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Vicki has pleaded not guilty to those charges.
Casal’s father, Ray, previously said his son was attacked as he went to leave Vicki's home on May 12. The elder Casal said Vicki is the ex-boyfriend of his son's girlfriend.
Police said Casal was hit several times by an unknown object and knocked to the ground. Investigators said evidence at Vicki’s home indicated that Casal had lost a significant amount of blood.
No weapon has been recovered in the case and Vicki has told investigators he doesn’t remember what he hit Casal with. Vicki said he and Casal had an altercation after the boxer came to his home.