WARSAW — “This is a tough one for me. I’m amazed (you and your wife) are still together. It tells me something,” said Kosciusko Superior Court I Judge David Cates during the sentencing of Kevin Hunter, 49, 600 N. Lake St., Warsaw.
Hunter, who was originally charged with intimidation with a deadly weapon, appeared in court Thursday, April 21, for acceptance of his plea agreement and sentencing. In early March Hunter pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal recklessness.
Cates sentenced Hunter to one year in the county jail, suspending the sentence and ordering it served on probation. He was also ordered to continue counseling. Hunter was sentenced for criminal recklessness, a level 6 felony.
Noting Hunter and his wife, the victim, are still together, after almost one year, and experienced the birth of a grandchild a month ago, Cates stated “My hope is you live a long law abiding life and become a good example to your grandchild.
The original charge was filed after Hunter became upset with his then girl friend on April 28, 2015. Following an argument, he went to the kitchen and grabbed a knife, coming back into the living room placing the knife to her chest. He then took the knife and stabbed the wall next to where she was sitting. After doing this, he locked himself in the bathroom. Prior to the arrival of police he went outside, where police found him holding a large knife and threatening to harm himself.
It was noted by Scott Lennox, Hunter’s attorney that for the past 10 months Hunter has undergone counseling, which has helped a great deal. “He had major issues at the time this occurred,” Lennox stated.