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‘Hammer’ going to prison for Geneva assaults

A well-known Geneva resident and former professional boxer is heading to prison for badly injuring another man last summer.

Aleem “Hammer” Whitfield, 29, was sentenced Thursday by Ontario County Judge Frederick Reed to five years in prison after pleading guilty on Feb. 27 to felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor third-degree assault.

Whitfield will be on parole for two years after getting out of prison.

He was arrested by Geneva police following an Aug. 31 incident at an Exchange Street business. Police said Whitfield punched and kicked another man during an argument, and the man had to be taken to Geneva General Hospital for treatment.

Assistant District Attorney Heather Parker Hines, who prosecuted the case, said the man suffered permanent injuries. She added that a woman who was trying to help the man was thrown over a balcony by Whitfield and suffered minor injuries.

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