Former Niagara Falls police officer sentenced for assault during a Darien Lake concert
Submitted by Alecia Kaus on February 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
A former Niagara Falls police officer who admitted she was intoxicated when she assaulted and injured a woman during a Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake in August of 2012 was sentenced this morning in Genesee County Court.
Kelly L. Alcorn, 48, of Grand Island, was sentenced to a one year conditional discharge and ordered to do 100 hours of community service.
Alcorn paid full restitution in the amount of $2,128.74 before she left court today.
Judge Robert Noonan also issued five orders of protection for five years.
Alcorn, who was a 20-year veteran police officer with the Niagara Falls Police Department, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless assault, 3rd, a misdemeanor, on Oct. 16, 2013.
Alcorn admitted she was intoxicated and that she wrestled the woman to the floor and hit her causing injury.
Alcorn had faced a second-degree felony assault charge before her plea.
She was initially charged with harassment, 2nd, but after the female victim contacted Buffalo media and described the attack and the extent of her injuries, the Genesee County District Attorney upgraded the charge to assault, 2nd.
Alcorn's Attorney, Norman Effman, told the court this morning, "My client had one moment of poor judgement that has embarrassed her and disrupted her life. Otherwise she has had a wonderful career serving six years in the military and 20 years in law enforcement."
Judge Robert Noonan agreed with Effman.
"You have suffered a major setback in your life and you were singled out because of your career in law enforcement, but the complainant was injured and deserves to be compensated," Noonan said.
Alcorn could have been sentenced up to one year in jail or three years probation.
In September of 2013, Alcorn left the Niagara Falls Police Department voluntarily after being placed on administrative leave after the incident occurred in 2012.
She retired with her pension.