LIMA — A Lima man who stabbed his mother with what police described as a “samurai”-style sword earlier this year agreed Thursday to plead guilty to a fourth-degree felony charge of felonious assault.
Garyson Merchant, 25, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court for a final pretrial hearing in the case against him. Merchant was indicted in March by a grand jury on a single count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, after stabbing his mother and sending her to a Lima hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Lima Police Department officers were summoned the afternoon of Jan. 22 to 1157 Rice Ave. in Lima and found Erika Hathaway, 44, suffering from knife wounds. She was transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries, according to police reports.
The weapon was described as a sword with a blade approximately 28 inches in length. Police said Merchant and his mother had been involved in an argument that escalated to the point that the man stabbed his mother on the right side of her torso. Police say the sword entered the right side of her abdomen and exited through the right side of her backside.
Merchant, located at the scene, was taken into custody and charged with suspicion of felonious assault.
In court on Thursday, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the indictment against Merchant in exchange for his guilty plea to a Bill of Information count of felonious assault. That charge alleges that “during a sudden fit of rage brought on by provocation (Merchant) did cause serious harm to another.”
Judge Terri Kohlrieser ordered a pre-sentencing investigation. Sentencing was set for May 15.