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Yates man pleads guilty in road-rage incident

A Himrod-area man who beat up a man nearly three times his age during a road-rage incident will be going to prison.

Yates County District Attorney Todd Casella said Nicholas Irwin, 26, pleaded guilty Wednesday in county court to second-degree assault. The charge is a class D felony.

Irwin is expected to be sentenced Nov. 6 by Judge Jason Cook to 3½ years in prison followed by three years of parole.

Irwin was arrested by Penn Yan police in June following a two-vehicle incident on Liberty Street in the village.

Witnesses told police that Irwin, a passenger in one of the vehicles, got out to confront the driver of a vehicle behind him while they were stopped at an intersection. Police said driver of the other vehicle was a 76-year-old man.

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