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LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda teenager, who nearly killed another youth by stabbing him four times after losing a game of beer pong, was placed on interim probation Friday as Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas mulls a final sentence.

Jordan L. Wankasky, 17, of Nash Road, who pleaded guilty Feb. 21 to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault, could go to prison for as long as four years. He is on probation until Nov. 21. He also must pay $645 in restitution to his victim, Andrew Huffman, 17, of the Town of Lockport.

Wankasky and his lawyer, Herbert L. Greenman, blamed the Oct. 5 incident on Wankasky’s heavy drinking. It happened about 5 a.m. during a party in a home on Hagen Street in North Tonawanda. Huffman was stabbed with a seven-inch kitchen knife, twice on top of the head, once in the back of the head, and once on the upper shoulder near the neck.

“I’m so grateful he is OK and still alive,” said a tearful Wankasky, who said he has stopped drinking. He ran from the scene after the attack and was caught about an hour later and initially charged with attempted murder.