Boy, 16, pleads guilty, gets 2-year term in stabbing

July 24, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 16-year-old Westminster boy, charged as an adult in the January stabbing of a Union Bridge man, pleaded guilty yesterday to battery and assault with intent to maim and was sentenced to two years in the Carroll County Detention Center.

Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. gave Christopher Charles Feenstra a 15-year term, then suspended all but two years.

Beck placed the teen-ager on five years of "intense supervised probation" after his release from jail and ordered him to cooperate in completing all psychological and substance abuse treatment programs that are deemed necessary by counselors from the Carroll County Department of Mental Health.

The judge also ordered Feenstra to submit to random drug and alcohol testing, forbade any contact with the victim or his family, and recommended the teen-ager for substance abuse and alcohol treatment programs.

In the statement of facts, prosecutor Erin Danz said Feenstra stabbed John Curran, 33, of Union Bridge twice after the two quarreled at Curran's house about 8: 55 p.m. Jan. 4.

Curran was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was treated for knife wounds to the upper back and chest, Danz said.

Feenstra surrendered to state police the next morning and, after questioning, was charged as an adult.

In return for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop charges of attempted second-degree murder, assault with intent to commit murder, reckless endangerment, assault and use of a deadly weapon with intent to injure.

Pub Date: 7/24/96

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