DELHI _ A Walton man appeared in Delaware County Court on Monday and was sentenced to five years' probation for charges related to two stabbings in Walton.

Walton police arrested Angel R. Rodriguez, 30, on June 4 on two counts of second-degree assault and one each of third-degree assault, first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and fourth-degree possession of a weapon.

Rodriguez pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted second-degree assault on June 22.

Rodriguez was previously sentenced to 10 months in jail on a misdemeanor charge for violating his probation sentence by being arrested in relation to the stabbings.

Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup said, "Certainly what he did was uncalled for and unjustified. There was alcohol involved, and he did damage to these two young girls."

Walton Police Chief David Halaquist said that Rodriguez stabbed two women, ages 19 and 20, during an argument.

"He cut one of them on the hand and wrist, and the other one had a long slash on the back of her arm," Halaquist said. "The cuts were deep."

Rodriguez's two victims were in court, and both of them were crying.

"They are very upset, and I know they would like him to be sentenced more severely, but the probation sentence is the best way to attempt rehabilitation," Northrup continued.

When given a chance to make victim statements, both victims opted not to speak.

Rodriguez also chose not to comment.

Delaware County Judge Carl Becker said, "This is a negotiated plea, and certainly on any kind of scale, it is probably going to be viewed as a pretty good deal.

"But the defendant is now convicted of two felonies, and this gives him an opportunity for some therapeutic help with his obvious problems with alcohol and anger management," Becker said.

Becker also warned Rodriguez that he would be facing 1 1/3-to-4 years in prison if he steps out of line while on probation.

Becker also ordered Rodriguez to pay $6,093.06 in restitution to cover the victims' medical bills.

In other court business:

ä Stephen R. Johnson, 23, of Auburn, was arraigned on charges of third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools in conjunction with an incident that occurred in Deposit on April 30.

Johnson pleaded innocent and was jailed without bail to await trial on Oct. 13.

ä Tammy L. Fairbairn, 40, of Delhi, was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance _ oxycodone on June 8; second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument _ a prescription for oxycoton on July 6 and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance _ hydromophone on June 5.

Fairbairn pleaded innocent and was released on her own recognizance with conditions to await trial on Jan. 4.

Patricia Breakey can be reached at 746-2894 or at stardelhi@stny.rr.com

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