CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Charleston man accused of stabbing a University of Charleston football player in front of the now-shuttered Club Impulse has pleaded guilty and faces up to five years in prison.
Aris Hairston, 26, pleaded guilty by way of information Monday to unlawful wounding in the Jan. 27 incident, said Fred Giggenbach, Kanawha County assistant prosecutor. The incident eventually led to Club Impulse's closure.
Charleston police arrested Hairston in February.
Kevin Clemens, 18, of Pennsylvania, was stabbed three times in the abdomen in front of the club. The injuries required surgery for the football player.
Giggenbach said Clemens attended the hearing with his mother, Laura, and plans to rejoin the football team next season.
Detectives first arrested Roland Willis, 22, of Charleston, after four witnesses picked him out of a photo line up. Willis, however, was not the right man.
The officers kept working the case, gathering more evidence, but they then began to receive information that Willis was not involved and that Hairston was their man.
Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives, said in February that as soon as detectives identified Hairston as a suspect the charges against Willis were dropped.
"Charleston police should receive great credit for their hard work on the case," Giggenbach said. "Once they found out they had the wrong man they worked hard to exonerate him."
Witnesses told detectives Clemens "shoulder-checked" Hairston inside Club Impulse, causing him to spill his drink.
Hairston's then-girlfriend told police Hairston confronted Clemens when they were leaving the bar and that he said, "That will teach him! When someone asks you to back up!" as they were walking to the car.
She identified herself and Hairston in the surveillance video that showed Hairston stabbing Clemens.
Giggenbach also filed a motion to have Hairston's bond revoked, which Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey granted. The victim and his mother were happy to hear Hairston's bond would be revoked.
Hairston now is being held at South Central Regional Jail. His sentencing is set for June 17.
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