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March 17, 2013

Man pleads guilty in stabbing assault



A Farrell man has admitted stabbing another man May 8 in the city.

Lenward James, 51, of Farrell, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of simple assault. Prosecutors agreed not to pursue five others charges, including aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

At James’ preliminary hearing in May, Clarence Teague testified that he was having a conversation with someone else about the basketball playoffs in the 700 block of Idaho Street, Farrell, when James walked up, interrupted the conversation and started talking “crazy.”

Teague, who said he did not know James, said he didn’t understand what James was saying. When he responded to James, James sucker-punched him in the jaw, Teague said.

Teague said he retaliated, knocking James down. At some point during the fight, a knife fell from James.

James picked up the knife and stabbed Teague in the back of the left arm, Teague said.

Teague started running home to 922 Emerson Avenue. James followed, then went back to his gray sport-utility vehicle.

Teague said he made it to his porch but, for some reason, he couldn’t get the key in the door, and James drove up. Teague said he was feeling weak, possibly from loss of blood and the three- to four-minute run.

“He ran up on the porch and he stabbed me again,” Teague said.

This time, James cut Teague on the left pinkie knuckle, saying that it wasn’t “over with,” Teague said.

Teague drove himself to the hospital, where he received eight staples in the arm and seven or eight stitches in the hand.

James was later charged with intimidation for driving past Teague slowly July 30,    harassing him and calling him a racial epithet.

James pleaded guilty in October to a charge of harassment before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell, and was assessed costs.

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