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Beating victim placed on probation in revenge burglary

LOCKPORT – A beating victim who broke into the home of his assailant’s father was sentenced to five years’ probation Thursday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Thomas J. Pembleton, 34, of Cedar Avenue, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree burglary in the Dec. 14 incident at the home of the father of Stefan Grabowski Jr., 23, on Niagara Street in the Falls, where windows were broken and natural gas lines were cut. Pembleton agreed to pay $2,200 in restitution, although Kloch said he doesn’t think Pembleton was “the prime actor” in the cutting of the gas lines.

“The house looked empty. I let my emotions get the better of me and I broke the man’s window,” said Pembleton, who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was beaten by a group of men outside Club Ultra on Third Street in Niagara Falls March 24, 2012. Grabowski was the only one apprehended. He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and was sent to a drug treatment facility pending sentencing.