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Falls man gets “split sentence” in assault on wife

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man accepted a short jail sentence and a probation term Thursday rather than withdraw his guilty plea to striking his estranged wife on the left side of the head, where he knew the woman has a potentially fatal aneurysm.

Clifford B. Sebring, 49, of 22nd Street, had been told when he pleaded guilty Oct. 8 that State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. probably would give him probation for the charge of attempted second-degree assault.

But on further review, Kloch decided Sebring needed some jail time. He told Sebring that if he felt misled, he could withdraw his plea and take his chances with another judge, starting the case from the beginning. Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre said if Sebring did that, she was prepared to seek indictments against Sebring for other alleged incidents with the same woman.

Sebring accepted Kloch’s sentence of five years’ probation, beginning with six months in Niagara County Jail. He risked seven years in state prison on the original indictment that resulted from the May 14 altercation.