GREENVILLE — A Wayne Lakes, Ohio, man will serve seven days in jail after pleading guilty in Darke County Common Pleas Court to fourth-degree aggravated assault Monday.
In exchange to pleading guilty, Charles “Chuck” Norris, 58, avoided being tried for second-degree felonious assault, which carried a maximum prison sentence of eight years and a fine of $15,000.
Norris was accused in March of stabbing his nephew in the hand during a dispute during a game of pool. The victim did not require extensive treatment.
Assistant Prosecutor James Bennett asked the court to impose a one-year prison sentence.
“Due to the nature of this offense, the fact a knife was involved, the fact that the victim was a juvenile, that the pre-sentence investigation indicates the defendant showed no remorse, the state will recommend one year incarceration,” he said.
“I can put it into one word what Chuck’s problem is, and that’s ‘alcohol,’” said defense attorney Dave Rohrer, who asked the court to impose only community control on his client.
“I did not mean to hurt that boy,” said Norris. “I just wanted to put a scare into him. It backfired.”
Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein sentenced Norris to 14 days in jail, with seven days credited. He also imposed five years of community control. In addition, Norris must also pay court costs, perform 75 hours of community service, seek employment, and attend substance abuse programs.
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