A West Side man with four felony convictions has been convicted of two more for stabbing an unarmed man during a fight in the victim’s front yard on Winter Street.
A State Supreme Court jury found Derrick Manigault, 55, of Fargo Avenue, guilty of first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon last week.
The victim in the Nov. 10 attack suffered a three-inch-long wound to his face and a six-inch-long cut to his chest, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
Manigault fled the scene and was hiding in his attic when police arrived at his home, Assistant District Attorney Sara Ogden said. When police left to get a search warrant, he tried to sneak out the back door but was caught by a police officer.
Manigault’s criminal record dates back to 1983 when he was convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman. He also has two felony drug convictions and a felony conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, as well as five misdemeanor convictions.
Sedita said Ogden will ask Justice Christopher J. Burns on June 24 to sentence Manigault as a persistent felony offender, with a maximum sentence of life in prison. Otherwise, Manigault faces a minimum of eight years behind bars and a maximum of 25 years.