Albion man arraigned for assault after allegedly causing serious injuries on June 9
ALBION – An Albion man was arraigned in Orleans County Court this afternoon for first- and second-degree assault after he allegedly seriously injured another Albion man on June 9.
Wesley Askew, 49, has been in jail on $250,000 since being arraigned June 9 after the alleged incident. Orleans County Court Judge Sara Sheldon kept bail at $250,000 during arraignment this afternoon. Askew appeared with his attorney, Larry Koss, and entered a not guilty plea.
Askew allegedly got into an altercation at 1:45 a.m. on June 9 at 175 North Main St., an apartment building. Askew allegedly assaulted another resident in the building, Joseph A. Julyan, 53, who sustained serious head injuries.
“The injuries caused were egregious,” Assistant District Attorney Susan Howard told the judge.
Julyan was allegedly punched several times by Askew. Julyan tried to defend a woman in the apartment and to calm down Askew, who punched Julyan so hard that Askew broke bones in his hand and wrist. He was treated for his injuries at the Erie County Medical Center.
Askew is a level 3 sex offender, the highest possible risk for re-offending. He was released from prison in late 2015 after being convicted in May 2009 for second-degree rape.
The judge set Feb. 20 as a trial date in the assault case.