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A Niagara Falls man received the maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison Wednesday in the multiple stabbing death of a 30-year-old Falls woman.

Anthony R. Porter, 30, of 80th Street, was sentenced by County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. in the death of Sherree C. Mallory on Oct. 25, 2003, in her Fifth Street apartment.

Porter is a cousin of Mallory's 14-year-old daughter, who discovered her mother's body. An autopsy showed 56 knife wounds on the body.

Porter testified during his February murder trial that he struck in self-defense after Mallory came to her apartment door armed with a 15-inch knife.

But Broderick said, "His explanation didn't hold water. He was given an opportunity to take a plea before the trial with a certain sentence, which I understand the family had approved. He didn't take that opportunity, so I see no alternative but to give the maximum sentence."

When Broderick pronounced the words "for the rest of your natural life," about 15 friends and relatives of Mallory's applauded and cheered.

Police said they thought that the motive for the slaying was robbery. Some cash and 22.2 grams of crack cocaine were found on Mallory's body.