AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man charged with stabbing another man during a drunken fight at a party has reached a deal with prosecutors a day after the jury at his trial deadlocked.

Raikuez Melchoirre was sentenced to time served and was freed from jail Tuesday after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated assault in connection with the June 2011 stabbing that left Richard "Buddy" Edwards Jr. with wounds to his face, shoulders, knee, chest and abdomen.

The Sun Journal ( ) reports that the 35-year-old Melchoirre entered an Alford plea, meaning while maintaining his innocence he acknowledges a jury could have found him guilty based on the evidence.

Melchoirre had maintained that the stabbing was in self-defense.

Edwards said while not happy with the deal, he wanted to move on.


Information from: Sun-Journal,