Plea Deal Reached in 2017 Stabbing Incident

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Mary Alice Reporting:

(Thursday, June 7th) New Philadelphia, Ohio – A Dover man is pleading no contest on charges of attempted murder and felonious assault.

38-year-old Joshua Barron changed his plea this week ahead of a scheduled jury trial.

Assistant Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Mike Ernest says that there was a negotiated agreement upon Barron’s decision.

“Between the State of Ohio and Barron, the agreement is that Barron will be ordered to serve eight years in prison as a result of his conduct.”

Once his prison time is served, Barron will be under Post Release Control for up to five years.

The case stems from a February 2017 incident in which Barron stabbed Nick Hershberger in a parking lot in Dover.

Ernest points out that had the trial happened, Barron could have been sentenced between three and 11 years. He notes that in this case, the plea deal is appropriate.

“Every case is different. We believe that [the eight years] is the sentence that likely would have occurred had this gone to trial, and it prevents the victim from having to go through a really traumatic experience again in a courtroom.”

He will officially be sentenced on Monday.

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