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Man rejects plea deal in senior fight

March 16, 2010 at 4:27 PM

NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) -- An 83-year-old New York man accused of beating a 99-year-old man during a dispute about parking rejected a plea deal that would have kept him out of jail.

Gersh Gofman turned down a deal offered by prosecutors Monday that would have resulted in a probation sentence in exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree attempted assault, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Gofman attacked Steve Pulwers, 99, Jan. 19 after Pulwers asked the younger senior to move his car because it was blocking the driveway to the doctor's office beneath his apartment. Pulwers suffered two black eyes, a broken nose and damaged ribs.

Michael Pate, Gofman's lawyer, said his client is hoping for a better plea deal.

"He's sorry this ever happened and would like to have it behind him," Pate said. "He sustained injuries, too -- he was scratched, bitten and bruised."

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