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Falls man gets plea deal in stabbing

LOCKPORT – John J. Parker III of 70th Street, Niagara Falls, was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor Thursday for stabbing a man in the chest.

The circumstances, according to Niagara County Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann, included the fact that the man Parker stabbed, William Rial, was armed with a baseball bat at the time of the April 26 fracas on John Avenue in the Falls.

Parker, who according to Hoffmann has a history of weapons and assault charges, including a reckless endangerment arrest earlier this year, remains jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail to await sentencing Aug. 25 by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. on a charge of third-degree assault.

Rial suffered only a minor injury, which came after he and Parker followed each other through the city in vehicles before getting out to fight, Hoffmann said.