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Tearful Niagara Falls woman takes plea deal in knifing

A Niagara Falls woman wept Thursday as she pleaded guilty to second-degree assault for knifing a woman in the face Dec. 13, 2017.

Kadesha E. Maye, 24, of Lincoln Place, told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that she had been cut on the face and arm before she pulled a box cutter and swung it at one of two women who confronted her at her home in an argument over her boyfriend.

Maye opted for the plea rather than go to trial on a first-degree assault charge. In a trial, she could have tried a self-defense argument, but risked a 25-year sentence if convicted.

Murphy promised Maye no more than 3 1/2 years in prison at sentencing March 28. Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said Maye's victim suffered several facial cuts and lost the feeling in the top of her head.

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