ELYRIA — An Elyria man who stabbed another man 14 times during a New Year’s Eve fight pleaded guilty Friday to felonious assault.
An additional charge of attempted murder against Roy Evans Jr., 35, was dropped by prosecutors in exchange for his plea.
Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery told Evans he intends to impose a two-year prison term during a sentencing hearing set for next month.
Evans had reportedly gone to the West River Road North home of Bradley Fussi Sr. on New Year’s Eve to pick up a friend, Christopher “Tex” Robinette, from the house.
A witness said that Fussi was escorting Robinette out of the home when Evans and other people arrived and a fight broke out.
Defense attorney Dan Wightman said that from Evans’ point of view, Fussi was attacking him and he stabbed him in self defense.
“It was a terrible thing. This man got hurt, and Roy feels bad about that … (But) he did feel he was fighting to protect himself,” Wightman said.
After the stabbing, Evans, Robinette and others fled. The pair, along with Amanda Kelly, was arrested several hours later.
Robinette died from a suspected drug overdose before he could be tried on a misdemeanor assault charge stemming the events of that night, while Kelly pleaded no contest to falsification in the case.
She was fined $250 and given a suspended jail time during an appearance in Elyria Municipal Court earlier this year.