Michael J. Hill, a Niagara Falls man who risked a possible life sentence as a persistent felon in a stabbing, accepted a plea deal Wednesday that included a five-year prison term, to be officially imposed Aug 22 by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.
Hill, 47, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault for knifing Elton Carr Sr. Oct. 1 in the victim's 12th Street residence. Hill said he did it "to prevent him from hurting me," but he said he was waiving any possible self-defense claim.
Hill, who did much of his own legal work, will be allowed to appeal the grand jury proceedings, the indictment and how quickly the prosecution shared evidence. His brother, co-defendant Maurice A. Hill, is in a state psychiatric center undergoing treatment.