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Pleas entered in beating linked to race

Two women pleaded guilty Friday in Niagara County Court in connection with the race-based beating of a Pakistani woman in Niagara Falls last year.

Antoinette S. Ivey, 32, of Ninth Street admitted to third-degree assault as a hate crime. Sheree A. Sabater, 39, also of Ninth Street, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.

Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas scheduled both sentencings for May 4.

Ivey's attorney, James J. Faso Jr., said Farkas agreed to sentence Ivey to no more than a year in the County Jail. Four years in state prison would have been the legal maximum. Sabater, who admitted to a misdemeanor, also faces no more than a year behind bars.

The two women were arrested for beating up a 26-year-old Muslim woman who was wearing a head scarf July 14 near the Tops Market on Portage Road. The victim, who had her two children with her, told The Buffalo News that she heard one of the assailants say, "She's Pakistani, and I want to kill her."

In another assault case Friday, Derrick L. Hall, 43, of Welch Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to an indictment accusing him of stabbing two men in the abdomen Aug. 28 on Welch Avenue.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the victims were following Hall because they believed he had broken into their car. In the ensuing confrontation, both men were knifed. One suffered a lacerated liver, the other needed stitches for a cut.

Hall, who is charged with first- and second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, remains free on a $3,500 bail bond.

Also Friday, a North Tonawanda man who robbed that city's Salvation Army of $1,800 pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery.

Emery F. Mingle Sr., 47, of Schenck Street, was armed with a starter pistol and a knife during the Jan. 25 holdup on Payne Avenue, Farkas said as she read aloud from police reports.

Mingle also faced drug charges that were dismissed as part of the plea deal, but he could go to prison for as long as seven years when he returns to court May 4.

His son, Emery F. Mingle Jr., 21, of Schenck Street, has an open drug case charging him with felony sales of oxycodone to a police informant in North Tonawanda April 18 and May 18.

In another case, Farkas scheduled sentencing May 4 for Nadaline A. Santiago, 47, of 19th Street, Niagara Falls, who admitted stealing $18,307 from Sentrex Security Systems when she was the Niagara Falls company's payroll supervisor in 2009 and 2010.