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All four charged in firebombing of Riverside apartment plead guilty

All four men charged with firebombing a Riverside apartment last November have pleaded guilty in Erie County Court.

Luis Valentine, 30, of Lawn Avenue, was the last of the four to plead guilty in the case, admitting four counts of first-degree assault Tuesday, said Assistant District Attorney Michael McCabe.

The intended victim wasn't in the house.

"They were looking for the father of the children in the fire, because they had a dispute with him," McCabe said.

Anthony Hammonds, 20, of Hartman Avenue, accused of throwing the firebomb through the window, pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree assault Monday before Erie County Judge Shirley Troutman.

Anthony Sturniolo, 30, of East Main Street, Fredonia, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree attempted arson.

In May, Anthony R. Bass, 29, of South Transit Road, Lockport, pleaded guilty to second-degree arson in the case and will be sentenced by Troutman on Aug. 8, McCabe said.

The other three will be sentenced by Troutman in early October.

Others may have been involved, as well, so the investigation is continuing, McCabe said.

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