CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The man who stabbed a University of Charleston football player outside of a now-shuttered downtown nightclub earlier this year will serve one to five years in prison.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey sentenced Aris Travon Hairston, 27, on Monday. Hairston had pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding in April.
Kanawha Prosecutor Mark Plants said prosecutors did an "incredible" job on the case.
"Am I happy with a plea? Of course not," Plants said. "If you stab someone, you should go to prison for a very long time. If you intentionally harm another person, you should face the consequences, especially if it's a shooting or a stabbing."
Hairston stabbed linebacker Kevin Clemens of Wexford, Pa., multiple times in the abdomen just outside the entrance of Club Impulse, which formerly operated on Capitol Street, in January.
The stabbing was the last straw for the troubled nightclub as far as the City of Charleston was concerned.
Citing a number of incidents that had occurred either inside the club or near its entrance, city officials revoked its conditional use permit. State regulators followed suit by revoking the bar's liquor license.
Witnesses told Charleston detectives that Clemens "shoulder checked" Hairston in the club, causing him to spill his drink. Hairston's then-girlfriend was at the club with him that night and told police that Hairston confronted Clemens as they were leaving.
A criminal complaint said the young woman identified herself and Hairston on security video. She was standing next to Hairston, who was seen lunging at Clemens and stabbing him with his right hand.
She told officers that as they were walking to the car, Hairston said, "That will teach him! When someone asks you to back up!"
Clemens was hospitalized immediately after. He and his mother, Laura, have attended the court proceedings and were at Monday's sentencing. Clemens said during Hairston's plea hearing in April that he planned to rejoin the university's football team in the upcoming season.
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