Published on March 14th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Buhl Man Gets Four to 11 Years in Prison for Stabbing
A senseless act of violence. That’s what Twin Falls County 5th District Judge Richard Bevan called the stabbing that severely injured an 18-year-old Jerome man.
Nicholas Gray will spend at least the next four years in prison for the act.
Gray, 20, was sentenced Monday in Twin Falls County to four to 11 years in prison for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Prosecutors dropped one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery.
Twin Falls County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Stan Holloway described the events that led up to the stabbing.
Holloway said that Orlando Ramirez, the victim, inadvertently hit Gray‘s younger sister, Jennifer Gray, at a party. Jennifer Gray, 18, then drove back to Buhl and told Nicholas Gray, who became irate, Holloway said.
Rather than taking time to cool off, Holloway said, Nicholas Gray gathered a group of people to return to the party and attack Ramirez.
According to court documents, authorities responded for a call about a man who was stabbed in the stomach.
As officers arrived, they noted seeing pools of blood in the street near the home. A knife was reportedly found in the front yard of the home, the documents state.
The court documents detail a verbal altercation that then turned physical.
Ramirez underwent emergency surgery for a stab wound. Upon waking, he identified Allred and one of two 17-year-old males as two of his attackers, according to police. Ramirez said he thought four people attacked him, but told police he lost consciousness fairly quickly during the fight, court documents state.
“This is the type of behavior that needs to be punished,” Holloway said Monday, before noting that Nicholas Gray had some hope of rehabilitation because of his young age.
When Nicholas Gray arrived at the 1700 block of Blake Street North in Twin Falls at about 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 28, he had stabbing Ramirez “foremost on his mind,” Holloway said.
“He casually walked up to Mr. Ramirez and stabbed him,” Holloway said. “Then he proceeded to punch and kick him.”
According to Holloway, Nicholas Gray told a pre-sentence investigator that he was drinking before the incident but would have done the same thing even if he hadn’t been drinking.
Holloway said a four-year sentence was fairly minimal for someone who premeditated stabbing another person in retaliation.
Along with the prison time, prosecutors asked that Nicholas Gray split restitution of more than $22,000 for the victim with a minor who has also pleaded guilty in the case. That 17-year-old boy is scheduled to be sentenced on April 8.
Although Holloway said Jennifer Gray was in the wrong place at the wrong time, she was also charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. Jennifer Gray was severely injured during the alleged fight when she was hit in the head with a rock. A trial is scheduled for her on April 24.
Two men who were also alleged to be involved in the fight, Jeffrey Allred, 23, and Roberto Garza Jr., 20, are scheduled to go to trial Tuesday morning on charges of aggravated battery with use of a deadly weapon.
Another 17-year-old boy was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection to the case. He’s scheduled for a March 19 trial.
Source: Times-News “Buhl Man Gets Four to 11 Years in Prison for Stabbing,” March 12, 2013.