Uitz sentenced for stabbing father
A Sayre man who pled guilty in October to simple assault after stabbing his father in August was recently sentenced to one to 12 months confinement.
Judge Jeffrey Smith also ordered Robert Francis Uitz Jr., 19, to pay a $500 fine at a Jan. 15 sentencing hearing, according to information filed in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas. Uitz was given credit for 38 days served in the Bradford County Correctional Facility, according to court information.
Sayre Borough police arrested Uitz Aug. 16 after he stabbed his father with a folding knife during an argument at their North Higgins Avenue residence. Uitz pled guilty in October to simple assault, a second-degree misdemeanor, according to court information.
Police said officers responded to the residence at about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and discovered Uitz's father, Robert Uitz Sr., holding a bloody towel against his lower abdomen. The two had gotten into a verbal argument about Uitz Jr. allegedly selling property belonging to his brother, police said.
According to police, Uitz clipped a black folding knife to his boxer briefs during the argument and pulled it out toward his father after he ran at him, stabbing him in the abdomen. Uitz told police he had consumed alcohol at a friend's house prior to the incident and was stressed out about losing his job, police said.
Greater Valley EMS transported Uitz Sr. to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, where he underwent exploratory surgery for a stab wound to his lower abdomen, police said.
Uitz Jr. was remanded to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail following his arraignment and later released on non-monetary bail conditions, according to court information.
Borough police arrested Uitz Jr. again Nov. 27 and charged him with simple assault, simple assault by menace, disorderly conduct, harassment, consumption of alcohol by a minor and defiant trespassing after police said he struck a male victim several times, causing him to lose consciousness.
The charges violated the conditions of Uitz's bail from August, and a warrant for his arrest was issued Nov. 30, according to court information. Uitz waived a Jan. 14 arraignment in county court for the charges.
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