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Niagara Falls man takes plea deal in beating and stabbing

A guilty plea was entered Friday in the case of a man who, according to prosecutors, chased his victim down a Niagara Falls street on a bicycle before catching up to him, striking him in the head with a baseball bat and stabbing him.

Carlos J. Lopez, 25, of 18th Street in the Falls, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and was scheduled for sentencing April 6 by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. The maximum sentence for the charge is seven years in state prison.

The attack occurred July 7 on Calumet Avenue in the Falls. The victim, Ronnie Maldonado, was in a coma for a period of time after the attack, prosecutors said when Lopez was arraigned last August.

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