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Drug dealer who assaulted customer pleads guilty

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man, who stabbed and punched his purported customer during a Nov. 9 cocaine sale on 86th Street in the Falls, pleaded guilty to two felonies Wednesday.

Joel S. Zsebehazy, 29, of 18th Street, was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas after pleading guilty to attempted second-degree assault and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Zsebehazy, who was sentenced last year to a year in jail for trying to choke a woman who had an order of protection against him, faces up to nine years in prison if he fails in diversion. But the charges will be reduced to misdemeanors with a probation sentence if he succeeds.