An Urbana man pleaded guilty to assault charges related to an April incident in which he allegedly stabbed a man during a robbery attempt.
Larry H. McLaughlin, 67, pleaded guilty to assault, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest and an amended first degree misdemeanor assault charge Tuesday during a plea hearing. A jury trial was expected to begin on Tuesday before a plea resolution was reached.
As part of the plea resolution, a first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge and fifth-degree felony vandalism charge were dismissed.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 19.
On April 4, Urbana police officers were dispatched to the area of 115 S. Main St. in reference to a person being robbed and stabbed. During a theft, McLaughlin allegedly pulled a knife and stabbed a man’s stomach.
The victim was not transported to a hospital following the incident.
Once located, McLaughlin refused to follow police orders before he was tackled and continued to struggle with officers as they attempted to place him in a cruiser. The grand jury indictment contends that as a result of his conduct, the cruiser needed to be repaired, preventing police from using the vehicle.
McLaughlin was reportedly uncooperative as paramedics tried to examine scrapes and abrasions to his face and later attempted to kick at an officer with pointed cowboy boots.
As part of his bond, McLaughlin was placed on electronic monitored house arrest on June 5.
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.
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