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January 30, 2014

NT teen mulling plea deal in attempted murder case

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NT teen mulling plea deal in attempted murder case

Court proceedings were adjourned Wednesday in Niagara County Court, where a North Tonawanda teenager is facing attempted murder charges stemming from an October fight with another minor. 

Jordan L. Wankasky’s attorney, Herbert Greenman, requested more time to consider a possible plea deal now in discussions. Wankasky will return to court on Feb. 11. 

Wankasky, 17, of Nash Road, was arrested at 5 a.m. on Oct. 5 after witnesses said he stabbed another teenager after a night of playing beer pong, which eventually led to a fight. 

Wankasky has been free a $20,000 bail bond since he was taken into custody by police, who were called to a Hagen Street address where the party was reportedly held. 

Witnesses told the authorities that Wankasky and another 17-year-old became involved in an altercation, one the Wankasky lost. After the fight he grabbed a kitchen knife with a 7-inch blade and stabbed the acquaintance four times in the head and upper body. 

Witnesses told police Wankasky appeared to attempt to kill the victim, who was hospitalized briefly before he was released later that day with staples in his head to close the wound, according to the authorities. 

North Tonawanda City Court Judge issued a order of protection to Wankasky in October, before the case moved to county court in front of Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas. 

In addition to the second-degree murder charge, Wankasky is facing another felony charge for second-degree assault and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a weapon.

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