LOCKPORT – Derrick L. Hall, who stabbed two men in the abdomen in a confrontation over alleged vehicle break-ins in Niagara Falls, was sentenced Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to five years in prison and three years of post-release supervision.

Hall, 44, of Welch Avenue, was charged with the Aug. 28, 2011, knifings of two men who accused him of breaking into cars on that street. Hall never was charged with the break-ins. He pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault.

“He chose the incorrect way to defend himself when confronted by the vigilantes,” defense attorney Samuel Davis said.

Farkas noted that Hall went into a friend’s house and came back with a weapon after being accused by four men, two of whom were cut in the ensuing fracas.