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Stabbing defendant convicted of assault

Anthony Carter, 46, of Massachusetts Avenue, was convicted today of second-degree assault for the stabbing near his home of Alton Cooley, 24 a neighbor, who told police the defendant stabbed him the face and legs when they argued.

The victim told police Carter said he had to stab him for having given him a “disrespectful” look.

During a brief trial before Senior Erie County Court Judge Michael L. D’Amico, a jury deliberated about an hour before finding Carter guilty as charged. Trial Prosecutor John P. Gerken Jr. said he will urge Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III to recommend the judge impose the maximum-allowable seven-year prison term when Carter is returned to court for sentencing Sept. 11.