Aleem “Hammer” Whitfield, 30, and his attorney Wednesday turned down an offer from the Ontario County district attorney’s office regarding his assault case.
The former professional boxer from Geneva, appearing before county Judge William Kocher, turned down an offer of seven years in state prison and five years post-release supervision if he were to plead guilty to second-degree assault.
That offer is now off the table and the case is headed to grand jury, where it can be presented as either first- or second-degree assault. If the grand jury indicts him on first-degree assault, Whitfield could face a maximum sentence of 25 years if found guilty. The maximum second for second-degree assault is seven years.
The former professional boxer, who had a record of 7-0 with 6 KO’s, was charged with assault in September.
“Hammer” is no stranger to drama outside the ring. In 2016 he was shot in the leg by Nelson F. Mateo Jr., who was sentenced to 10 years in state prison for the incident.