Stabbings get man up to 20 years in prison
A Pittsburgh man was sentenced Friday to serve up to 20 years in prison for stabbing three men in two bars in Westmoreland County in 2011.
Davon Darnell Evans, 23, of the city's Hill District, told Judge Debra A. Pezze he was sorry for his actions at Rodney's Lounge in Hempfield and the HiWay Playground strip club in South Huntingdon.
Evans pleaded guilty in August to charges of aggravated assault and other offenses for stabbing John Daniel Walsh at HiWay Playground on July 23, 2011, and Corey Frohnhoffer and Chaz Bazzo at Rodney's on Nov. 26, 2011.
Defense attorneys Chris Huffman and Donna McClelland said Evans said both events were initiated by other patrons against Evans, who is black.
“He told the judge that in each of the incidents he was provoked by racial slurs and feared that he would be harmed,” McClelland said.
Police, though, said Evans provoked both assaults.
According to court records, Evans was accused of fighting with an unidentified man at the strip club when Walsh attempted to intervene to defuse the situation. Evans slashed Walsh with a knife across the face, and he needed 70 stitches to close the wound, police said. His age and hometown were not available in court records.
Four months later, police said, Evans set off the events that led to two stabbings at Rodney's when he touched the buttocks of a female patron.
Two men intervened and were slashed by Evans. Frohnhoffer, 24, of Pittsburgh was cut in the face and Bazzo, 26, of Herminie was stabbed in the head and abdomen, according to police.
Evans was arrested several hours later in Greensburg after police responded to a fight in the city.
Assistant District Attorney Jim Lazar said he wanted Evans to serve at least 10 years in prison.
Pezze ordered that Evans serve a minimum of six years to a maximum of 20 years.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Westmoreland torture-slaying convict Smyrnes says death row isolation too cruel
- Hempfield murderer serving life sentence promises restitution when he’s released
- Extremes in weather hurt crops in Westmoreland
- Police: Scottdale man had child porn on computer
- Sutersville ready to sell former church
- More than 100 stamp bags confiscated in Greensburg; 4 arrested
- Scottdale chamber’s Community Yard Sale to be held Saturday
- Hempfield cyclist to cool wheels in jail during appeal
- Man charged with hitting girlfriend with car in East Huntingdon reaches plea agreement
- Youngwood playground found to be in violation of disability act again
- McKeesport man ordered to trial in New Stanton hotel homicide