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Buffalo woman pleads guilty in attack over mask mandate

A group of blue and white N95 face masks.
Debora Cartagena
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A Buffalo woman charged with pepper-spraying a medical office employee last summer pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court Friday to a misdemeanor third degree assault charge.

Deshawna Taylor, 27, entered the medical office on Main Street near Humboldt Parkway at around 4 p.m. Aug. 31, but she was not wearing a face mask as required by the office. The employee told her of the mask rule and Taylor left the building briefly.

But she reentered, then sprayed the employee with pepper spray. The victim required medical treatment for her injuries.

Taylor faces up to a year in prison at her sentencing on April 12 and has been released on her own recognizance. She is also prohibited from being near the medical office due to a no-contact order of protection issued on behalf of the victim.