October 31, 2014

Motion claiming accused stabber was not trying to murder victim denied in court

STANDISH — Two of three motions filed in 23rd Circuit Court Sept. 11 on behalf of Robert Vincent III, who allegedly stabbed a man in Sterling, were granted, but the motion stating he was not attempting to murder the victim was denied by the court.

Vincent, 23, of Long Lake, is alleged to have stabbed a man near Cliff’s Bar June 15. Attorney Garner Dewey, who is representing Vincent, filed three motions on behalf of his client during a Sept. 11 pretrial hearing.

The first motion, which claimed Vincent was not attempting to kill the victim who was allegedly stabbed, was denied by the court.

A motion to exclude witness testimonies identifying Vincent at the scene was granted by the court. The motion to exclude witnesses identifying Vincent as the suspect from a photographic lineup was also granted, but with a caveat stating that if witnesses knew Vincent prior to the alleged stabbing, their testimony would be upheld.

Vincent faces one felonious count of assault with intent to murder, one high-court misdemeanor count of lying to a police officer and three misdemeanor assault and battery charges. He was bound over to Circuit Court July 2.

Assault with intent to murder carries a maximum sentence of life or any number of years in prison. Lying to a peace officer is a high-court misdemeanor that can carry a sentence of two years in prison and/or $5,000. Misdemeanor assault and battery carries a sentence of 93 days in jail and/or $500.

Vincent is currently being lodged at the Arenac County Jail and has been identified by the court as a habitual offender.

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