A Dublin man will have to serve a little over a year in prison for stabbing his friend during an altercation in March.
Paris Edward Albert, 46, entered into a plea agreement in Pulaski County Circuit Court Friday whereby he will serve one year, three months of a five-year prison sentence for unlawfully wounding Robert Furrow.
According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Skip Schwab, police responded to a residence in a Route 11 mobile home park March 3. Upon arrival, they found Furrow with a towel wrapped around his neck.
Authorities determined Furrow had been stabbed in the neck and back and had other cuts on his body, Schwab told Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. They learned the incident occurred at another residence, but Albert was not there when they arrived on the scene.
Furrow told police he got stabbed and cut when he tried to intervene in a fight between Albert and Albert’s girlfriend, Schwab told the judge while summarizing evidence that would have been presented in the case. Furrow indicated he and Albert had been drinking for a period of time when the fight broke out, the prosecutor said.
After stabbing Furrow, Albert left the scene and was later found at another residence, according to Schwab. He said police found evidence of a struggle at the residence. Albert told police he stabbed Furrow in self-defense.
Defense attorney Spencer Rygas told Judge Long that Furrow and Albert were good friends, but Furrow is quite a bit larger than Albert “so there was an element of self defense.”
According to Schwab, Furrow was taken to LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski for treatment the day of the altercation. Furrow is now recovered and “back in the community.”
Under the plea agreement, Albert will be placed on five years probation, with three years being under supervision. He also is required to make restitution for Furrow’s medical expenses and to pay court costs.