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Teen sent to prison for stabbing 2 people

A Youngstown teenager was sentenced Friday to 11 1/3 to 14 years in prison for stabbing two men during a brawl at a Lewiston house party last year.

Seth M. Logan, 17, of Jackson Street, was denied youthful offender status by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

One of the two victims in the June 22 incident, Charles F. Monnen III, 23, of Niagara Falls, told Sperrazza he was temporarily paralyzed by the knife Logan plunged into his back, which chipped a vertebra and left the fragment pressing on his spinal cord.

Monnen said the movement in his legs was restored after emergency surgery, but he still has no feeling in his left leg.

Monnen said the doctors told him he was lucky, but he said, "I don't feel lucky at all. I have a permanent disability." He said he had to quit his job and lost his truck because he couldn't pay for insurance.

Monnen, who demanded the maximum sentence of up to 19 years, called the attack "unprovoked." Defense attorney A. Joseph Catalano ridiculed that claim. He said Logan jumped on Monnen because Monnen was beating up John Whalen, one of Logan's friends, and Whalen yelled for help.

Logan's second stabbing victim turned out to be Whalen, who was knifed in the hand and suffered permanent nerve damage, Catalano said.

Whalen was charged with third-degree assault but pleaded guilty last month to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and was fined $100 by Lewiston Justice Hugh Gee.


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