Jeffrey W. Earley Jr. found guilty of August stabbing
A Cambridge man has entered a plea regarding a stabbing that took place on Steubenville Avenue in late August of last year.
28-year-old Jeffrey W. Earley Jr. entered an "Alford" plea to a single count of felonious assault in Guernsey County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday afternoon. The plea, which is not an admission of guilt by the defendant, allowed Judge David A. Ellwood to find Earley "guilty" of the charge filed against him.
Earley stabbed 24-year-old Stephen Ford III of Cambridge in the side during a fight, that took place just across the street from City Hall in Cambridge on August 22, 2012. Ford's injuries were considered life-threatening; however, he recovered after treatment at Southeastern Med.
Earley remains in custody in the Guernsey County Jail. As part of the negotiated plea, he is facing a maximum sentence of four years. Sentencing is set for May 3.