Prosecutors have dropped assault and other charges against former lightweight champion Paul Spadafora for allegedly stabbing his brother and kicking his mother during a family dispute, though he's still charged with threatening police officers who intervened, and spitting on one.
Spadafora waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday at Allegheny County in Pittsburgh on a single aggravated assault charge, several counts of making terroristic threats, and resisting arrest.
The charges against his family members were dropped because they've failed to show up to testify at Wednesday's hearing about the December fracas.
Spadafora, 41 years old, was arrested over the alleged changes in December.
He's had a very long history of legal issues that disrupted his career on more than one occasion.
In 2005, Spadafora was sentenced 21-to-60 months in prison for shooting his pregnant girlfriend. Between 2004 to 2011, he was arrested three times for drug and alcohol related changes. On April 4th of last last year, Spadafora was arrested for threatening a store clerk with a knife in Armstrong County and then later in the night he assaulting a 63-year-old woman in Allegheny County.
After the latest incident, the judge let loose on Spadafora, according to the Post-Gazette.
"You don't choose to get cancer. You don't choose to get multiple sclerosis. You don't choose to get any other form of disease. But what you do is you choose here to use drugs and alcohol. And he continues to do it, and he continues to do it," Judge Manning said. "It's done. Sooner or later society has to say, 'Enough is enough.'"
Spadafora's attorney said he plans to seek a bond hearing next week so his client can enter an in-patient alcohol treatment program.
The retired boxer won the vacant International Boxing Federation lightweight belt in 1999 but surrendered the title.