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WOMAN GETS PRISON TERM FOR INJURING TWO IN KNIFE ATTACK

A Koons Avenue woman was sent to prison today for poking out out a neighbor's eye and slashing another woman during an argument over men.

Erie County Judge John V. Rogowski ordered Joanne Workman, 39, to serve a prison term of six to 12 years for the knife attack on Drucilla Williams and her sister, Phyllis Rogers.

The two were injured April 27, 1996, during an argument on the 300 block of Koons.

Ms. Workman served time in prison for stabbing her estranged husband and a boyfriend in Syracuse years ago.

She has been jailed since her June 18 conviction on assault and weapons charges and declined to comment during the sentencing.

Robert B. Kaiser and Richard L. Baumgarten, her attorneys, said the conviction will be appealed on grounds that a police photo taken hours after the incident showed she had been attacked by the two sisters.

Prosecutor Carol Giarrizzo Bridge said Ms. Workman served a brief jail term in her native Syracuse after pleading guilty in 1994 to misdemeanor assault charges in the stabbings of a boyfriend and her former husband.

During the jury trial three months ago, Ms. Workman claimed she had used the utility knife in self-defense after Mrs. Rogers, 44, called her a name and began hitting her.

Ms. Williams, 33, who now has an artificial left eye, told the jury Ms. Workman poked out her eye and slashed her sister across the stomach because Ms. Workman wanted to resume an argument over men that had begun earlier that night at a party in the Workman flat.

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