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Niagara Falls man takes plea deal in stabbing of neighbor

The Buffalo News, N.Y. — Thomas J. Prohaska The Buffalo News, N.Y.

Feb. 14-- Feb. 14--Robert Canelario, who stabbed his neighbor multiple times in the torso following a Sept. 4 argument, pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Canelario, 49, of Fifth Street, Niagara Falls, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree assault in exchange for a promise from Judge Sara Sheldon to sentence him to no more than 10 years in prison when he is brought back to court April 17.

If Canelario had been convicted on a first-degree assault charge at trial, he faced a minimum of five years behind bars, with a potential maximum of 25 years.

Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said after Canelario's Oct. 29 arraignment that after the argument with neighbor, Canelario left the scene and came back with a knife, with which he attacked the man.

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