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Canadian man sentenced for causing 'catastrophic injury' to Darien Lake concert goer


A Canadian man has been sentenced to a year in jail for causing catastrophic injuries to a man he punched during a Kid Rock concert in western New York last year.


Local media report that 35-year-old Craig Lawson of Ontario, Canada, was sentenced Monday to a year in Genesee County Jail.


Lawson pleaded guilty in June to assault for punching Jason McNeil of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the face during a concert in July 2013 at Darien Lake Theme Park.


Lawson admitted he punched McNeil after he mistook him for another man who groped his wife after the concert.


McNeil, a native of nearby Alden, suffered a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for a time. Prosecutors say he requires constant supervision.


Kid Rock donated $5,000 to defray McNeil's medical bills.

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