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April 26, 2013

Casal attacker sentenced

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT -- His victim was a no show and Michael Vicki showed no remorse as he was sentenced to five years in prison for a vicious attack on Niagara Falls boxer Nick Casal on Friday.

His defense attorney said Vicki "wishes (the attack on Casal) had not happened and if he could take it all back, he would." Vicki, however, expressed regret only for what happened to him.

"I'd just like to appologize," Vicki said somewhat sullenly. "I'm really sorry this happened. I lost a lot. I lost five years (of my life). I lost my job. I lost my home."

Vicki, 30, of the Town of Niagara, had pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted first-degree assault for his attack on Casal. As First Assistant District Attorney Doreen Hoffmann reminded the judge, Casal suffered bleeding on his brain, several deep cuts to his skull, requiring almost 300 stitches to close, and has yet to be able to resume his professional boxing career.

Casal had been expected to be in court for the sentencing, but Hoffmann told Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas the boxer "couldn't make it."

Hoffmann also said Vicki had two prior felony convictions in federal court on drug and gun charges. He served a 2 1/2 year federal prison sentence on those charges. 

Farkas noted that Vicki had refused to speak with a county probation officer preparing a pre-sentence report in the case.

"I was disappointed (by his refusal)," Farkas said. "I want that to be known."

The judge also said the injuries Casal suffered were "just horrific."

In addition to the five-year prison term, Farkas also sentenced Vicki to three years of post-release supervision.

As part of his plea deal, Vicki also pleaded guilty to a charge of fifth-degree insurance fraud. That case stemmed from an incident in the Falls where Vicki was accused of threatening witnesses to a car crash.

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