Father stabs son in argument about beer

A local man is accused of stabbing his adult son because there was no beer left in the apartment.
Scott Seitz2
Oct 1, 2012


A Collins man is accused of stabbing his adult son in an alcohol-related incident Sunday.

Deputy Chip Deskins and Cpl. Jeff Kerber responded to 2708 Hartland-Center Road at 5:53 p.m. after a report of a domestic dispute and a weapons complaint.

"Upon arrival, deputies found a 56-year-old victim, with a significant knife injury to his arm," Sheriff Dane Howard said.

"During the investigation, deputies did confirm Chester C. Miller, 75, cut his son in the arm," the sheriff added. "The knife would was significant and needed medical attention. The son was transported to Fisher-Titus, where he was later released."

The son reportedly required seven stitches to close the wound.

"There was a fair amount of blood at the scene," Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said. "They took a statement from (the son) while he was at the hospital."

Howard assigned Detective Bill Duncan to the case.

Miller was charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, which is punishable by two to eight years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.

The sheriff provided details of the altercation.

"According to witnesses, the two men started arguing because there was no beer left in the apartment," Howard said. "The crime scene was quite an undertaking to process."

Howard said there was blood everywhere.

"There were signs of violence throughout the home," he said.

Howard said the son, during the incident, grabbed a larger knife from the kitchen in self-defense.

"There is no evidence that weapon was used," he said.

"The sad part was this was an alcohol-related offense," Howard said. "There was significant alcohol consumed and that was a contributing factor."

Howard said a report will be forwarded to Adult Protective Services.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Reporter Cary Ashby contributed to this story.




So its just like that....the name calling starts. Very typical. I think most people have compassion for people that have illness's..etc. But you can only show compassion for so long. How long has this guy been a drunk for? Its obvious he doesn't want to fix himself or he wouldn't drink and follow through with whatever treatment he was suppose to. "Its your fault".....the new way in America.


I look at "addictions" "illness" this way. Like a Gambler. I just love all the "HELP" for gamblers. Everyone thinks it's a disease. The only gambler who has a "PROBLEM" with gambling addiction is the loser's. I never heard about the guy who just "can't" stop WINNING. No.! It's always the loser. Same with alcoholics. It's always the one's who refuse to stop drinking, show up to work late, can't keep a marriage together etc. who has the problem.. Heck, I may be an alcoholic by standard guidelines, but i do know when where and when it's time to sleep to show up for work the next day. It's just basically comes down to the loser's and lazy who have the "problems".


@truckin.....totally agree with you. Look at the poker players that you see on TV still to this day. Its their job? Questionable. Addicted to gambling...the rush, the thrill? I think so. Winners ARE celebrated.....the losers who lose their lives and all their money are the ones that "need help".

I think most people would be deemed an alcoholic by medical standards, however, most people don't beat on their wives, drink till they pass out, become violent. No, they still get up for work on time, take care of their families....etc.