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Buffalo man pleads guilty to attempted murder

A Buffalo man who was arrested on charges of stabbing a man and a woman in their Kensington Avenue apartment building last October has pleaded guilty in the case, officials said.

Dennis Howard Jr., 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday before State Supreme Court Justice William Boller to two counts of second-degree attempted murder in connection with the incident, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

On Oct. 27, 2016, the female victim had returned to her Buffalo home after work to find that her apartment had been burglarized, officials said. According to the prosecutor in the case, Erie County Assistant District Attorney James W. Mansour II, the woman summoned a male neighbor to help her scan the apartment for intruders. As the neighbor entered the apartment, Howard stabbed him once in the throat and then pursued the woman, stabbing her multiple times as well, according to the DA's Office. Both victims suffered life-threatening injuries but survived.

Howard faces up to 50 years in state prison when he is sentenced by Justice Boller. Sentencing has been scheduled for June 16 at 9:30 a.m.

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