Man sentenced in Wanatah bar stabbing

2014-03-07T17:37:00Z 2014-03-07T20:37:06Z Man sentenced in Wanatah bar stabbingStan Maddux Times Correspondent
March 07, 2014 5:37 pm  • 

LAPORTE | A man was sentenced Friday for a stabbing at a bar in Wanatah.

John Schultz, 65, of Wanatah was given eight years on probation and two years of home satellite monitoring under a guilty plea in LaPorte Circuit Court for Class B felony aggravated battery.

According to police, Schultz, without being provoked, stabbed a then 54-year-old man inside the Silver Horseshoe bar in Wanatah in 2010.

Police said surveillance video shows Schultz and the man having what appeared to be a casual conversation when, suddenly, Schultz took a folding knife out of his pocket and plunged it into the man's back.

One reason it took awhile to bring the case to a conclusion were questions about the mental state of Schultz, a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He underwent a series of psychological tests before withdrawing a motion challenging his competency to stand trial, according to court records.

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