BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Cheektowaga man who is already guilty of a hit and run was back in court Friday, this time for scamming an 85-year-old woman. Leslie Ralson, 32, will spend a year behind bars for stealing more than $18,000 from the elderly woman.
This is the second time Ralston is being sentenced this month. Friday morning when an Erie County Court judge asked Ralston if he had anything to say, he simply replied "no sir."
Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case said, "Took advantage of an elderly person, heartless and incomprehensible."
The Cheektowaga contractor admitted he lied to an elderly customer, telling her squirrels had damaged her roof, then charged her thousands of dollars to fix it. Prosecutors say there was no damage to the victim's roof.
Ralston's defense attorney Andrew LoTempio said, "He accepts full responsibility for this. He understands that he's going to be punished by being confined in the county jail and is willing to sign and has signed a confession of judgment."
This is not Ralston's first run in with the law this year. In May, the former professional boxer hit two teens crossing Niagara Street in the City of Tonawanda, then fled the scene.
Tonawanda Police Chief John Ivancic said, "Around 8:30 we got a call a pedestrian had been struck within a few seconds we got a call a pedestrian had been struck a little further down the road."
David Hunt had witnessed the accident. He said, "It's just unbelievable that it happens right in front of a police station, right in front of a police station."
Ralson was sentenced on December 11th to serve one year in jail for leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license. Ralston's defense attorney says his client will serve both sentences at the same time.
As for the money the elderly woman was scammed out of, Ralston's attorney says because his client signed a statement admitting to the crime, in the future if he gets a job, he'll be held accountable to pay it back.
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