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April 27, 2013

Casal attacker sentenced


Tonawanda News — Farkas sentenced Vicki to a one-year jail term for the insurance fraud conviction. That sentence will run concurrently with his assault sentence.

Casal was attacked as he went to leave Vicki’s home on May 12 after being called there by a girl who was described as the boxer’s girlfriend. Police said Casal was hit several times by an unknown object and knocked to the ground. 

Investigators said evidence at Vicki’s home indicated that Casal lost a significant amount of blood.

No weapon was ever recovered in the case and Vicki told investigators he didn’t remember what he hit Casal with. Vicki had told investigators that Casal was the aggressor and he had no choice but to defend himself.

It was a theme his lawyer repeated before the sentencing.

“(Vicki) was home, minding his own business with a couple of lady friends,” defense attorney James Faso said. “Mr. Casal chose to show up. Had he chose not to go to Mr. Vicki’s home, where he had no business to be, we could not be here.”

In addition to deep gashes on his head, Casal suffered a chipped tooth and a severely swollen, but not broken, arm. Reports indicated that Casal was struck 15 times in the head and body.

The insurance fraud case stemmed from an incident in the Falls involving a traffic accident.

Prosecutors said Vicki was driving on Frontier Avenue when he lost control of his car, missed hitting a man, woman and child, but then slammed into a tree. According to the witnesses, Vicki then ran from the crash scene.

Vicki reported his car stolen to police and filed an insurance claim for the damage to the vehicle.

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