Local man pleads guilty to stabbing relative's best friend

Victim was stabbed three times in the stomach after New Year's Day early-morning argument.
Cary Ashby
Sep 12, 2013

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.

Comments

AEversole

Stick and move, ...how is it attempted when you are bleeding out of three wounds like a stuck pig on a hook at ruth packing......these are the type of cases that puss me off. Everyone wants to cry about the junkie that got off easy, but here is a obviously violent knife wielding maniac that got a plea deal... he should be doing 3 to 5 years for a violent attack, he is indicted on a F 2 felonious assault which was aggrivated because of the weapon and he gets a attempted attempted attempted Agg assault....now that's crap... you guys are more worried about Jerry and Jennie the junky that is selling dime bags and stealing change then putting a knife slashing, homicidal crud ball behind bars for the time he deserved.

AEversole

Stick and move, ...how is it attempted when you are bleeding out of three wounds like a stuck pig on a hook at ruth packing......these are the type of cases that puss me off. Everyone wants to cry about the junkie that got off easy, but here is a obviously violent knife wielding maniac that got a plea deal... he should be doing 3 to 5 years for a violent attack, he is indicted on a F 2 felonious assault which was aggrivated because of the weapon and he gets a attempted attempted attempted Agg assault....now that's crap... you guys are more worried about Jerry and Jennie the junky that is selling dime bags and stealing change then putting a knife slashing, homicidal crud ball behind bars for the time he deserved.