Stabbing suspect pleads guilty to simple assault
A Sayre man accused of stabbing his father in August recently pled guilty to a simple assault charge in county court.
Robert Francis Uitz Jr., 19, pled guilty to the second-degree misdemeanor at a Thursday plea hearing in county court, according to court information. Uitz, who faces up to two years in prison, will be sentenced at a later date.
Sayre borough police had charged Uitz with aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, simple assault, simple assault by physical menace, harassment and consumption of alcohol by a minor following the Aug. 15 incident, according to a criminal affidavit filed by police.
Police said officers responded to a North Higgins Avenue residence at about 11:30 p.m. for a reported domestic disturbance in which Uitz Jr. had stabbed his father, Robert Francis Uitz Sr., 38, in the lower abdomen. Police said the two were verbally arguing regarding the sale of video games.
Uitz Jr. told police he clipped a black folding knife to his boxer briefs and went back downstairs to talk to his father, police said. Uitz Jr. told police his father ran at him, at which point he pulled out the knife and stabbed him, according to police.
Greater Valley EMS transported Uitz Sr. to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, where he underwent exploratory surgery for the wound, police said.
Following his arraignment, Uitz Jr. was remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail, an amount later reduced to non-monetary bail, according to court information.
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