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Buffalo man pleads guilty in fatal stabbing, attack on deputy

A Buffalo felon faces 25 years in prison for fatally stabbing a man last year in the victim’s Brewster Street apartment and at least another three years in prison for attacking a deputy a year earlier at the Erie County Holding Center.

Edward P. Hubbs, 43, of Main Street, pleaded guilty Thursday in both the homicide and the assault on the deputy.

He was originally charged with second-degree murder for stabbing an acquaintance, George R. Waddell Jr., 48, during an argument May 9.

The victim died at the Erie County Medical Center.

Hubbs surrendered to authorities 10 days later.

He had been scheduled to go to trial next week before a jury and State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia, but pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter.

Buscaglia set sentencing for March 13 and indicated he would give Hubbs the maximum prison term of 25 years, prosecutors said.

Later Thursday Hubbs pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to second-degree assault for punching a deputy in the face in June 2013 at the Holding Center where he was serving a 15-day sentence for harassment.

The deputy suffered a knee injury during the assault and was off work for two months, prosecutors said.

Judge Michael F. Pietruszka set sentencing for March 13. As a second felony offender with a prior burglary conviction in Florida, Hubbs faces at least three years and at most seven years in prison on that charge.

Prosecutors said that sentence must run consecutively to the manslaughter sentence.

Hubbs is being held without bail.

Assistant District Attorney Gary W. Hackbush prosecuted the homicide. Assistant District Attorney Patrick B. Shanahan prosecuted the assault.