South Buffalo Irish Festival Stabber Facing Up to 25 Years in Prison

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BUFFALO, NY – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that yesterday 20-year-old Michael Monti of Buffalo pleaded guilty as charged to Assault in the First Degree, a Class “B” violent felony, before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case.

The defendant admitted to stabbing a man in the abdomen while at the South Buffalo Irish Festival in Cazenovia Park on the evening of September 7, 2019.  The victim underwent multiple surgeries to repair the damage inflicted by the defendant.

Monti faces a possible sentence of between 5 and 25 years in state prison when sentenced on December 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. He has been remanded without bail.

DA Flynn commends “A” District Detectives Margaret Serafini and Lauren McDermott of the Buffalo Police Department for their work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Matthew S. Szalkowski and Nathanael C. Kapperman of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.

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