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Niagara Falls man charged with beating wife, who has aneurysm

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court Monday to an indictment that accused him of repeatedly punching his estranged wife in the left side of her head, where he knew she has an aneurysm, Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre said.

Clifford B. Sebring, 49, of 22nd Street, was held without bail on charges of second- and third-degree assault, attempted second-degree assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Baehre said Sebring and his wife of 23 years were planning a separation when an argument erupted on May 14 over a division of assets. The prosecutor said Sebring allegedly punched the woman, choked her and struck her with a cane before a neighbor broke up the assault.

Sebring, having been led outside, then allegedly smashed four window panes with his head, slashed his throat with a piece of broken glass and crashed his vehicle into a tree.

Baehre said Sebring is facing more charges from a June 10 incident in which he allegedly violated a restraining order by repeatedly driving past the house where his wife was staying, scratching her car and pouring sugar into her gas tank.