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Niagara Falls man sent to prison in snowblower rage case

LOCKPORT - Henri J. Alfiere, who beat up a man whose snowblower sent snow into the path of his car last winter, was sentenced Thursday to nine to 11 years in state prison for that and for trying to rob the grandparents of two of his three children in a home invasion.

"I do have an anger problem, and I'm trying to work on it," Alfiere told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Murphy imposed the maximum sentences for both crimes, ordered the terms to be served consecutively and tacked on five years of post-release supervision.

"I do think you're a violent person. I want to separate you from society so you don't hurt more people," Murphy told Alfiere, 34, of Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls.

Alfiere attacked a 71-year-old man Jan. 13 after the man's snowblower discharged snow into a one-way alley off Haeberle Avenue in the Falls, in which Alfiere was driving in the wrong direction.

Six days later, Alfiere and another man invaded the home of the parents of Alfiere's ex-girlfriend on West Rivershore Drive in the Falls. The other man, Ryan O. Oden, 22, of Spruce Avenue, pleaded guilty in June and was admitted to a court-supervised drug treatment program.




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