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Canadian man sentenced for concert attack

BATAVIA (AP) — 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 reported 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.