February 13, 2016

Sentencing of alleged stabber adjourned

STANDISH — Sentencing for a Long Lake man accused of stabbing a man in Sterling in June has been delayed due to a motion to withdraw a guilty plea.

Robert Vincent III, 23, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder in late September, and was scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 30. However, according to information from 23rd Circuit Court, Vincent filed a motion to withdraw the guilty plea.

The guilty plea originally accepted by Vincent led to the dismissal of multiple charges — one count of assault with intent to commit murder, one count of lying to a police officer and three counts of assault and battery.

Assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or $5,000.

Vincent reportedly stabbed a man in Sterling near Cliff’s Bar during an altercation.

Vincent is scheduled to appear in circuit court for a motion hearing and sentencing Nov. 13. He is being represented by Attorney Garner Dewey.

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