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Falls man sentenced to three years for stabbing in neck

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who stabbed another man in the neck during a street fight was sentenced Friday to three years in prison and three years of post-release supervision.

Alfred J. Maye Jr., 24, of Elmwood Avenue, had pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. When his victim, Dijay Stone, was called forward to speak at Friday’s sentencing, he was unable to spell his own name or come up with any remarks. Assistant District Attorney Ryan K. Parisi contended that was a result of the injuries from the March 31, 2015, fight in front of the home of Maye’s brother on Ashland Avenue in the Falls.

Defense attorney Frank LoTempio III said he was sorry Stone was hurt, but he accused Stone and three other men of following Maye down the street. “That’s something I’m not sympathetic to,” LoTempio said. “When you start a gang fight, this is the kind of thing that happens.”

Maye said, “What happened that night wasn’t supposed to happen like that.”

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. called it “a fight by agreement,” but he told Maye, “When the knife went into the neck of Mr. Stone, you’re responsible for that.”