A Castalia man pleaded guilty Thursday to stabbing his bar-hopping companion during an Uptown Norwalk altercation.
Patrick "Pablo" S. Ringle, 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for the June 10 incident on the northwest corner of Seminary Street and Benedict Avenue. The victim, 23, suffered a 2-inch by 2-inch knife wound right below the hip bone. He was treated at Fisher-Titus Medical Center and released.
"It wasn't a real bad wound, but you can't have that going on," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
Ringle faces six to 18 months in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000 when he is sentenced Oct. 23. He originally was indicted June 22 on felonious assault, punishable by two to eight years in prison.
Ringle was with a group of people who were drinking June 10. Detectives have said Ringle argued at some point with the victim at a Benedict Avenue bar over another incident when the man supposedly scratched the victim's ex-girlfriend.
The bar owner gave a slightly different account a couple days after the stabbing, saying the victim grabbed the woman and bouncers told him to go home. The owner also said Ringle "got mouthy" with a bouncer sometime during the night and left the establishment.
The woman, 24, eventually left the bar with the victim and Ringle decided to "defend her honor" when the stabbing happened, Leffler said.
When the judge asked Ringle if the prosecutor's account was accurate, Ringle "stood up and said, 'I was the designated driver,'" Leffler recalled. "I didn't think (being the) designated driver is a good defense for stabbing someone."