06/25/2014 07:45 EDT | Updated 08/25/2014 05:59 EDT

Canadian Pleads Guilty To Beating American Into Coma At Kid Rock Concert

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MANCHESTER, NH - NOVEMBER 5: Kid Rock performs at a rally for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on November 5, 2012 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. With one day to go until election day, Romney is making one final push through the swing states. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

BATAVIA, N.Y. - A 35-year-old Canadian man has pleaded guilty to an assault charge for punching another man during a Kid Rock concert in western New York last summer, leaving the victim in a coma for several weeks.

Local media report that Craig Lawson of Courtland, Ont., pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Genesee County court before his trial was scheduled to begin.

Police say Lawson punched Jason McNeil in the head during a Kid Rock concert last July 5 at Darien Lake Theme Park.

McNeil, a native of nearby Alden in neighbouring Erie County, lives in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and was back home for a visit when he attended the concert.

He spent several weeks in a coma before being released from the hospital.

Lawson will be sentenced in August to up to a year in jail.

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