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Niagara Falls man gets eight years for threatening daughters with machete

Ivan Perez, who held a machete to his daughters' throats Feb. 3 and then held Niagara Falls police at bay during a one-hour standoff, was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison.

"He knows what he did was awful," said defense attorney Christopher A. Privateer.

Perez has a history of mental health problems and substance abuse, the attorney said.

"He wasn't on medication at the time. He was between counselors," Privateer said.

Perez was highly intoxicated at the time and said Thursday he didn't remember the incident in the girls' bedroom.

"I've never hurt anyone physically," said Perez, 30, of 69th Street in the Falls.

"Came awfully close," retorted Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III, who tacked on five years of post-release supervision.

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