A Warren man was found guilty on Friday for stabbing another man at an east side tavern last December.
James E. Walter, 121 Russell St., was found guilty by a jury on a felony charge of aggravated assault for the stabbing of Paul Corey on Dec. 21, 2007, at the Cornerstone Lounge, 308 Pennsylvania Ave. E. The jury found Walter not guilty of criminal attempt of murder. A charge of simple assault was withdrawn.
The court, presided over by Judge William Morgan, also found Walter guilty of two summary charges: disorderly conduct and harassment.
In the early morning hours of Dec. 21, Walter was involved in a verbal and physical altercation with Corey. According to court documents, Walter "used some type of cutting tool and slashed the victim across the face and chin causing a large gaping wound." Walter also stabbed Corey "in the left posterior thigh causing a gaping wound."
After the stabbing, Walter fled the scene, police indicated. Schools within the City of Warren were locked down as a precaution on Dec. 22 until the suspect was taken into custody at 8:37 a.m
For the felony charge of aggravated assault, Walter could face up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 1.