LOCKPORT – Marc A. Madore, who was convicted of last year’s near-fatal stabbing of another man in Niagara Falls, had no kind words for anyone else involved in the case at his sentencing Thursday.
Madore, who was found guilty of first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon but acquitted of attempted murder, was sent to prison for 15 years by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas. He also face five years of post-release supervision.
Madore, 42, of South Avenue in the Falls, complained that Farkas and the prosecutor were biased against him because of his frequent past appearances in court. This was the third time Madore has faced an indictment before Farkas that was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell.
Madore also asserted that his court-appointed defense attorneys, Patrick M. Balkin and Andrew Fiske, were ineffective.
Stoltz was wounded in the head, chest, back and abdomen in a fight with Madore in front of the victim’s Ferry Avenue home on the night of Oct. 28.
“We fought over a knife Shawn brought to the fight,” Madore said. “I did not start the knife fight. Shawn did.”
Madore testified that Stoltz stabbed him in the forearm as he tried to walk past Stoltz. Stoltz said he hit Madore, but didn’t stab him.
There was a small cut on Madore’s forearm after the fight, which started after Stoltz complained about the odor of purple spray paint Madore had used to paint a chair on Stoltz’ front porch. Both men had been drinking heavily for hours and Stoltz also had used crack cocaine.
Stoltz, despite serious loss of blood, was able to walk to nearby Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for emergency treatment. He was then transferred to Erie County Medical Center, where he was hospitalized for a week.
“I suffer from mental illness,” Madore said Thursday. He said Balkin should have sought expert witnesses to explore his state of mind at the time of the incident, and also claimed that witnesses that would have helped him weren’t called to testify.