A Lewiston man was sentenced to three years of probation and time served for stabbing a man once in the chest.
Jason L. Adams, 29, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault modified from aggravated battery. Nez Perce County 2nd District Judge Jeff Brudie credited the 28 days Adams already served in jail and placed him on probation.
Court records indicate Martin Ridinger confronted Adams in May 2018 multiple times at his home on the 400 block of 16th Street about Adams owing Ridinger money. Witnesses reported Ridinger punched at Adams who in turn stabbed Ridinger.
Ridinger was treated at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for one stab wound to the left side of his chest. The wound was first stitched up but then it was discovered an artery was severed, so surgery was required. A wood-handled knife was recovered from Adams’ porch. Adams told police he stabbed Ridinger after Ridinger confronted him and punched him. Ridinger claimed he was attacked first by Adams and his brother, and claimed he did not punch Adams.
Adams had a limited criminal history mostly consisting of juvenile matters. Brudie granted a withheld judgment, meaning if Adams completes probation the charge could be dismissed.
A restitution amount for medical expenses was not agreed upon and was set for review by Adams’ attorney.
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