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LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man was sentenced Friday to a year in Niagara County Jail for assaulting a woman in his home on Dec. 4, 2012.

Richard F. Alvarez Jr., 33, of Oliver Street, pleaded with County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III not to harm his recovery from alcohol abuse by sending him to jail. He said he’s been sober for 4½ months.

“There was a time in my life I couldn’t make it for 45 minutes without drinking,” said Alvarez, who pleaded guilty to third-degree assault.