A Buffalo man was sentenced last week to two years in prison for stabbing a liquor store employee as the defendant tried to leave the store without paying for a bottle of sparkling wine.
Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk imposed the prison term on Darnell Wells, 32, of Oxford Avenue, who had pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.
The stabbing occurred Feb. 14, 2014 when the assistant manager at the Gates Circle Wine and Liquor store on Delaware Avenue tried to help the manager in confronting Wells on his way out of the store with the bottle, prosecutors said.
Wells punched the manager, then pulled out a knife and stabbed the assistant manager in the stomach, prosecutors said.
The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center and was released the next day.
Wells was arrested shortly after the attack.