Created on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 Written by NATE SMITH
Two defendants who previously pleaded guilty to violent crimes each was sentenced Monday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor.
Eric Dawson, 32, at large, was sentenced to 14 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution and court costs for aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony.
Mr. Dawson was charged with stabbing Justin Baughman, 20, of 800 N. Troy Road, outside the Pink House, 600 Jay Ave., the night of July 20.
An indictment charged him with felonious assault, but the defendant ultimately pleaded to the lesser charge of aggravated assault because he maintains, and prosecutors concede, the altercation was instigated by the victim.
Defense attorney Dan Bennett said his client was playing pool and keeping to himself when Mr. Baughman entered the bar, “already intoxicated and determined to get in a fight.”
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