LIMA — A jury deliberated for less than an hour Wednesday before finding a Lima man guilty of felonious assault.
Dalton Crowe, 27, will be sentenced Feb. 21 in Allen County Common Pleas Court for stabbing Joshua McPheron during what started as a friendly gathering that turned confrontational at a West Grand Avenue residence in April of last year.
Crowe faces up to eight years behind bars on the second-degree felony charge.
Prosecutors successfully argued that Crowe stabbed McPheron at least four times after spending a large part of the day on April 3, 2018, drinking vodka with his victim. McPheron testified on Tuesday that he considered Crowe to be a friend at the time of the altercation.
During his testimony, McPheron said what started as a series of drunken boasts and threats escalated into a physical confrontation between himself and Crowe in the basement of an apartment at 207 W. Grand Ave. in Lima.
Court documents show Crowe admitted to police at the time of the incident that he had stabbed McPheron “at least once” but claimed he acted in self-defense.