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Former boxer Spadafora charged with assaulting brother, mother

(AP)Pittsburgh, PA (December 22nd, 2016)– Former lightweight boxing champion Paul Spadafora was arrested overnight, charged with stabbing his brother and assaulting his mother in Pittsburgh.

Police were called around 6 p.m. Wednesday to a house in the Westwood section of the city for a report of a domestic disturbance. Police said Spadafora refused to listen to officers’ commands and at one point threatened officers, telling his mother, “Get all their names. I know they have to live in the city. I’m gonna kill them.”

They used a Taser on him after he attempted to throw something at them, and put a mask on him after he tried to spit on the officers, police said.

Spadafora, 41, a native of McKees Rocks who now lives in the Westwood area, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, simple assault and making terroristic threats. He’s being held at the Allegheny County Jail on $100,000 bail. He faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 4 in City Court.

His attorney, Phil DiLucente, says the holidays “emotional for families” and that he’ll comment before Spadafora’s preliminary hearing on Jan. 4.

Spadafora has had numerous brushes with the law and spent time in state prison for shooting the mother of his child in October 2003. He pleaded guilty to drunken driving in 2012.

In April of this year, Spadafora was charged with simple assault, harassment and public drunkenness after, police said, he pulled a knife on a convenience store manager in Armstrong County.

The charges were withdrawn the next month.

From an incident earlier that day, Spadafora was also charged with assaulting a 63-year-old woman outside the Redstone Tavern in Crafton. A judge sentenced Spadafora to anger management classes.

Spadafora, who won the International Boxing Federation lightweight title in August 1999, now trains boxers at the Pittsburgh Boxing Club.

The Associated Press contributed.

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