A Buffalo man who damaged a neighbor’s eye four years ago during an attack in a supermarket was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for beating him with a club last summer after threatening to damage his other eye.
State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns imposed the prison term on Reginald Pierce, 56, of Phyllis Avenue.
Pierce had pleaded guilty March 24 to second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon as jury selection was set to begin for his trial.
The judge gave him four years for assault and 16 months to four years for weapon possession and ordered the sentences to run concurrently. The defendant had faced up to seven years.
The judge also issued orders of protection, directing Pierce to stay away from the 65-year-old victim and his wife as well as the victim’s son and his wife.
The attack occurred the evening of June 22 when Pierce came out of his girlfriend’s home on Phyllis and started insulting neighbors who were out on the street, prosecutors said. Among those he insulted was the victim he had attacked in 2010 at a supermarket, an attack that led to an assault conviction and jail sentence for Pierce.
“I took your one eye already, I’m going to take your other one next,” he told the neighbor, prosecutors said.
Pierce returned to his girlfriend’s house and came out moments later when the neighbor turned to go back into his house.
Armed with a 3-foot club, Pierce attacked him from behind, hitting him in the head, arm and leg, shattering the victim’s forearm and cutting his head.
When the victim managed to take the club from Pierce, Pierce ran back into his girlfriend’s house where Buffalo police arrested him minutes later.
Prosecutors said it was Pierce’s third assault conviction in a long campaign of hostility and aggression toward his neighbors.
Pierce had moved into the neighborhood a few years ago and offered to work as a handyman for neighbors, but neighbors rejected his offers, leading to Pierce’s animosity toward them, according to prosecutors.