Plea made in October stabbing charges

A plea has been entered by a Pittsfield man who stabbed a man in October in a Youngsville establishment.

Jacob R. Sandt, 21, entered the plea to charges of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person during change of plea proceedings on Thursday before Judge Gregory Hammond.

In exchange for the plea, two counts of aggravated assault and a disorderly conduct charge were not prosecuted by the Commonwealth.

Sandt’s attorney, Grant Travis, stated that a deadly weapon used enhancement would be applicable to the simple assault charge, which carries a maximum penalty of up to two years incarceration. That enhancement, in short, increases the standard range penalties for the offense.

Hammond said the enhancement will not apply to the recklessly endangering another person charge.

According to the affidavit for probable cause, the victim in the case purchased drinks for a group of women that were at the bar with Sandt between 1 and 2 a.m. on Oct. 7.

“The defendant was angry that (the victim) bought drinks for his girlfriend and her girlfriends,” Youngsville Borough Police wrote in the affidavit.

The victim sat down with Sandt and spoke to him, according to police. He stood up and, as he began to walk away, knocked Sandt’s hat off his head, police said.

“That is when Sandt turned and stabbed (the victim) in the stomach area,” police said. “This caused others to react and get involved until the bartender started kicking people out.”

The victim was initially unsure of what he had been struck with, but was in a lot of pain, according to police. “When he pulled up his shirt and saw the blood he realized that he had been stabbed in the stomach.”

Police said the victim was treated immediately by a nurse, but did not seek treatment in a hospital until “a few days later.”


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