Aggravated Assault Charge Dropped During Trial
An Erie man faced a maximum sentence of 27 years in prison after he stabbed another man with a butcher knife in an altercation on his front porch. The wounds required the man to be admitted to a local hospital. The charges included aggravated assault (F1), possessing instruments of crime (M1), and recklessly endangering a person (M2), which exposed the accused to a maximum aggregate sentence of 27 years in prison, if convicted.
At trial, Erie criminal defense lawyer Tim George argued that the injured man was, in fact, the aggressor in a home invasion. After opening statement and cross-examination of several witnesses, including the alleged victim, the Commonwealth withdrew all charges in return for a plea to a misdemeanor of the third degree, punishable by only up to one year in prison. The accused accepted the offer. Later, he received a mitigated range sentence and was paroled on the same day he was sentenced. Commonwealth v. Derek E., Erie County, No. 3107-2005.
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