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Stabbings get man up to 20 years in prison

| Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, 12:03 a.m.

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 rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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