A Clinton man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in connection with a stabbing that happened near his home last fall.
Brandon Zmuda was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison Thursday, a little more than a month after a Clinton County jury found him guilty of willful injury causing serious injury. He will have to serve the mandatory minimum five years on that sentence because it is a forcible felony in which he used a dangerous weapon.
He also was sentenced to up to two years in prison on a charge of assault with intent to inflict serious injury. The sentences will be served concurrently.
He also was fined a total of $1,625 and ordered to pay restitution to the state’s crime victims’ compensation fund. So far that fund has paid out $14,000 to cover the costs incurred by the victim, David Specht, who was hospitalized and underwent surgery as a result of the stabbing, Clinton County District Court Judge Charles Pelton said during the sentencing.
Zmuda originally was charged with attempted murder in connection with the injuries. After deliberating almost six hours, the five-woman, seven-man jury in late February decided Zmuda was not guilty of that crime, instead convicting him of the lesser-included offense of assault with intent to commit serious injury as well as the willful injury charge.
The convictions stem from a Sept. 9 fight in which Specht was stabbed nine times – three times in the front of his body and six times in the back – as the two fought immediately after Zmuda and his father heard Specht break out a window on Zmuda’s Blazer around 3:30 a.m.