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LOCKPORT – Four years in state prison and three years’ post-release supervision was the sentence from Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas Friday for a Town of Lockport man who repeatedly stabbed a friend July 5.

Justin J. Snead, 22, of Lincoln Place, had pleaded guilty March 21 to second-degree assault.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the victim, Edward Wright, was stabbed nine times, mostly in the back, and underwent multiple surgeries for intestinal damage and a collapsed lung. Hoffmann said that at one point, Wright was not expected to live.

Defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. said the knife came out when the men ran into each other in the parking lot of a Lincoln Avenue apartment complex several hours after they had been involved in an argument. “This was more about egos than anything else, a couple of guys jawing,” Faso said.