CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Charleston man pleaded guilty in the stabbing attack of another man on the West Side earlier this year.
Zoe Shavers, a court-appointed attorney for Tony Lee Holcomb said he was "under the influence" at the time of the incident and doesn't remember anything.
She told Kanawha Circuit Judge James Stucky that on April 1 Holcomb stabbed Gary Kirk, 55, of Charleston at an apartment at 1607 Bigley Ave. Kirk was stabbed in the throat and upper body.
"He was stabbed multiple times, causing life-threatening injuries," said assistant prosecutor Charles Miller.
At the time, police said the incident appeared to be unprovoked. Kirk was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center.
Holcomb was originally charged with attempted murder, and a grand jury indicted him on that charge and malicious wounding.
In exchange for his guilty plea, a prosecutor said the state would dismiss the attempted murder charge and not seek an enhanced penalty based on Holcomb's prior felony record. The plea agreement also requires Holcomb to make restitution to the victim.
He faces a possible two to 10 years in the penitentiary when sentenced Dec. 7.