A former Bellevue man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stabbing a relative's best friend three times in the stomach.
Paul L. Herriott Jr., 34, now of Sandusky, faces six to 12 months behind bars when he is sentenced Oct. 24 in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Originally indicted in mid-March on felonious assault, the defendant was convicted of attempted aggravated assault.
The Bellevue Police Department investigated the New Year's Day incident on North Buckeye Street.
About 6 a.m. Jan. 1, Bellevue Hospital staff members treated a 28-year-old Clyde man who came into the emergency room with three stab wounds to his stomach.
"He got stitched up at The Bellevue Hospital and was released the next morning," Detective Eric Burt said earlier.
The victim couldn't remember Herriott's last name at the time. However, he said he went to a friend's house and got into an argument with Herriott about 4 a.m. when the suspect grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed him, Burt said.
Police determined Herriott was the man's attacker after the victim provided the names of two friends.
Officers weren't able to find the victim's Chevrolet Cobalt at the North Buckeye Street residence, but later found the car in the Norfolk Southern railroad yard. Officers then found Herriott at his then-Bellevue residence and arrested him without incident about seven hours after the victim went to the hospital.
Herriott initially denied knowing the victim, but later admitted he went to a bar with the man and two friends.
"He still denied stabbing him. I think alcohol had a little affect on his memory," Burt said.
As Herriott was being placed in a cruiser, officers said they noticed a blood stain on his coat sleeve. Police seized it as evidence.
Herriott is out on a $30,090 bond.