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The Canadian man accused of punching an Alden native in the head at a Darien Lake concert on July 5th was arraigned in County Court Wednesday.

Craig Lawson, 34, of Ontario, pleaded not guilty to the second-degree felony assault charge he was indicted on in late August.

Lawson was present in court as Judge Robert Noonan set his bail at $10,000 to be met by today.

For a second-degree felony assault charge, intent must be proven. Prosecutor Robert Zickl is confident in the indictment.

“We’re concerned about every aspect of the case and every aspect of the proof at this point in time," he said. "We’re very confident in presenting it to the court and, eventually, to a jury.”

State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer is representing Lawson.

“It was a one-punch situation,” he said. “I don’t think anything was intended here, that’s pretty clear; but we’ll have to look at the documents once we get them.”

The victim, Jason McNeil of Tuscaloosa, Ala., suffered a severe head injury due to the punch.
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