Trial starts for Albion man facing first-degree assault

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 May 2018 at 7:35 pm

ALBION – Today was the start of a trial for a Albion man facing first- and second-degree assault charges.

Wesley Askew

Wesley Askew, 50, has been in the county jail on $250,000 bail after he allegedly seriously injured another Albion man on June 9 during a late-night fight at 175 North Main St., an apartment building north of the Erie Canal.

Sara Sheldon, a judge from Niagara County, is presiding over the trial. Today the jurors were picked.

Askew allegedly got into an altercation at 1:45 a.m. and allegedly punched another man several times, causing serious head injuries. Askew allegedly punched the other man 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 trial is expected to last about two weeks.

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