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A Sloan man was sentenced this week to eight years in prison for breaking into a neighbor’s garage last May and stabbing a man who tried to stop him from stealing tools the neighbor used in his tile business.

State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia imposed the prison term Wednesday on Patrick Gajkowski, 36, of Halstead Avenue, who pleaded guilty in March to first-degree robbery and second-degree burglary. After breaking into the garage owned by Daniel Santana, who does business as Dan the Tile Man, Gajkowski was stealing contracting materials and tools when an employee of Santana tried to stop him and Gajkowski stabbed him, prosecutors said. Cheektowaga police apprehended Gajkowski as he tried to flee.

Gajkowski, who has two felony drug convictions, a felony DWI conviction and six misdemeanor convictions, faced a maximum prison term of 25 years.

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