Pine Man Sentenced In July 4stabbing


Pine resident Joshua Peck was sentenced in Gila County Superior Court Thursday for stabbing Jack Morris during an Independence Day party in Pine.

Peck, 25, was sentenced to six months in jail and probation.

Peck and Morris had been attending a holiday party in Pine when the stabbing took place.

At the party, witnesses said, Peck was rough-housing with younger children in a small pool.

Things got out of hand when Peck and Morris began to wrestle. By the time the scuffle was over, Morris had suffered three knife wounds--injuries to his left ear, left abdomen and right inner thigh.

The defendant's trial was originally scheduled for Jan. 11, 2000, but a plea agreement was reached last month in which Peck pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault.

"I enjoyed working greatly with Mr. Peck," Peck's attorney Barry Standifird said. "He and his family are good decent people. He did what he thought was best for him and his family, under the circumstances."

In addition to jail and probation, Deputy County Attorney Patti Wortman said, Peck was ordered to pay in excess of $9,000 in restitution to the victim.

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