Niagara County D.A. Goes for Maximum Sentence in Child Abuse Case Which Surfaced Additional Victims

LOCKPORT– Michael Wilson, Sr., 49, of Lewiston, pleaded guilty on September 28, 2020 in front of Honorable Sara Sheldon to Assault in the First Degree, a class “B” violent felony, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a class “E” felony and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class “A” misdemeanor.

The defendant was charged in April 2020 after an investigation into the inflicted life-threatening injuries sustained by a 5 year-old boy at the residence of 5251 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, New York.  The boy survived his injuries after being hospitalized in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.  In addition to the serious physical injury sustained by the 5 year-old boy, the investigation further revealed that the defendant had subjected another child to physical abuse at his residence, in the presence of a third child, who was not harmed.

For his conviction, Wilson faces over 25 years in state prison and consecutive sentencing on November 19, 2020.  The People will seek the maximum sentence allowable.

The cases against his fiancée, Christina DeGroff, and daughter, Michaela Wilson, remain active and pending.

“I am proud of the work of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and members of my staff for their diligence in pursing justice in this emotionally charged case. Specifically, I commend Lieutenant Tracy Steen, First Assistant District Attorney Holly E. Sloma and Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco for their professionalism and compassion in this very sensitive investigation. We continue to receive regular updates on this sweet young boy and he is thriving under the loving care of his guardians,” explained Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek.

Acting Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti stated, “Cases involving physical abuse of a young child is very difficult on my Deputies and Investigators. I thank them for their hard work and perseverance in putting this case together.  I am very proud of their work.”