A 26-year-old man was sentenced Monday to a year in jail for stabbing his co-worker with a kitchen knife at a Summit County party in June.
Patrick Ryan Flaherty pleaded guilty in December to one count of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony for which the maximum penalty is 15 years in prison.
But 3rd District Judge Todd Shaughnessy suspended the prison sentence Monday and ordered Flaherty to instead serve a year in jail, three years of probation and pay a $1,000 fine. He will begin serving his sentence in two weeks.
According to court documents, an offended co-worker punched Flaherty in the face after Flaherty made derogatory comments "about African Americans and homosexuals" during a party on June 22. When Flaherty approached the man to apologize, the man asked Flaherty if he knew why he was apologizing.
That's when a fight broke out between the two. During the scuffle, Flaherty stabbed the man in the chest and thigh with a kitchen knife and ran.
Police found Flaherty a short time later hiding inside a nearby bar. Authorities have said both men were intoxicated at the time.
Flaherty was ordered to abstain from alcohol throughout his probation. He must undergo random drug and alcohol tests.