LOCKPORT – A man who pleaded guilty to playing a role in a near-fatal beating outside a Niagara Falls bar last year was jailed Friday to await assignment to an inpatient substance abuse treatment facility.
Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas hiked bail for Stefan Grabowski Jr. from $5,000 to $50,000, causing him to be taken into custody.
Grabowski, 23, of Niagara Street, Niagara Falls, was to have been sentenced Friday for second-degree assault, but Farkas scrubbed that after learning that Grabowski had been arrested earlier this week in Lewiston on a driving while intoxicated charge. Defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. said Grabowski’s blood alcohol content was measured at 0.19 percent.
Grabowski was the only one of four or five attackers ever arrested in connection with the beating of Thomas Pembleton outside Club Ultra on Third Street in the Falls March 24, 2012. His sentencing has been rescheduled for July 18.