The teenager who played the biggest role in the beating of a 66-year-old man last May in Shoshone Park in North Buffalo has been sentenced to the most jail time.
Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk ordered Jaquan Woodard, 19, to serve weekends in the Erie County Correctional Facility for four months, followed by five years’ probation.
Woodard pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in the May 16 attack on James LeGrand, a longtime employee of the Mayor’s Impact Team. LeGrand was trying to break up a fight between two Bennett High School girls when he was attacked.
More than 100 Bennett students were in the park to watch the prearranged fight when LeGrand intervened. LeGrand, who had a camera, told them that if the fight did not stop, he would turn over his information to the Bennett principal. Some of the teenagers, fearing they would get in trouble if the principal found out, attacked LeGrand, knocking him to the ground and punching and kicking him.
Assistant District Attorney Paul Parisi said Woodard was the most culpable of the nine defendants in the case, kicking the victim multiple times.
The judge last week also ordered Woodard to perform 100 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to the victim. The judge granted him youthful offender status, sealing his court record.
Three other defendants were sentenced to weekends in jail – one for three months and two for one month, along with five years’ probation. Two others received five years’ probation. Three juveniles face sentencing in Family Court.