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LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who stabbed his cousin in the back at a party Dec. 14 was spared a trip to prison Thursday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Anthony M. Marino, 20, of 18th Street, was placed on five years’ probation and assessed a fine and surcharge totaling $1,075.

The incident occurred at Marino’s home, where he had summoned friends to help him drink a 30-pack of beer, Kloch said, reading from a probation officer’s presentencing report.

Marino got into an argument with his girlfriend, which the victim, Timothy Heinrich, tried to quell, leading to a fistfight, Kloch said.

Marino must avoid alcohol and drugs as a condition of probation, and get a job within 60 days, the judge ordered.