NY man gets prison for punching karaoke singer, 79

October 27, 2011 - 9:05 AM

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for punching a 79-year-old through a tavern window after complaining about the older man's karaoke singing.

The Daily Messenger of Canandaigua reports (http://bit.ly/rDbIx5) that an Ontario County Court judge sentenced 42-year-old Paul Collen on Wednesday after reviewing photographs of the injuries the victim suffered when Collen punched him in the face inside the bar at the Naples Hotel during karaoke last March.

Authorities say the older man's head went through a plate glass window and he broke his nose and other facial bones.

Collen was convicted of assault after a four-day trial earlier this month. He was prosecuted under a state law that raises the level of an assault when the victim is 65 years of age or older.

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Information from: Daily Messenger, http://www.dailymessenger.com