23-year-old man convicted in Jan. 1 stabbing

October 5, 2018

Jurors on Thursday convicted a Woodburn man of attempted murder in the New Year’s Day stabbing of a Uniondale man.

Cody Stinson, 23, stabbed Mark McVay in an attack a witness said was unprovoked as they sat with two other people in a car on West Main Street. McVay suffered a severed carotid artery, wounds to the back of his neck, a cut above his eye and a defensive wound to his left hand, according to court documents.

Stinson was charged Jan. 5 in Allen Superior Court with aggravated battery when it includes a substantial risk of death and battery with a deadly weapon. Prosecutors filed the attempted murder charge in June.

Jurors : eight women and four men : found him guilty on each count. They also found him to be a habitual offender.

Wearing a dark suit with a cream-colored shirt, Stinson shook hands with defense attorneys Albert Anzini and William Lebrato after the verdict on the habitual offender enhancement was returned. He then was led in handcuffs from the courtroom.

“As always, we respect the jury’s verdict,” Lebrato said later. “Cody disagrees. That’s our system. I do feel terrible for the victim.”

Shane Hobbs was driving the car Jan. 1 and was cut near his right eye, a probable cause affidavit states. He told police he was driving to his apartment when Stinson and Spring Applegate, a passenger in the car, began arguing in the back seat.

Hobbs “said he thought (Stinson) was slapping McVay and then started punching him,” the affidavit states. Hobbs, who told police he didn’t know why the attack occurred, discovered he and McVay were injured and yelled at Stinson.

“It’s over,” Stinson told Hobbs, according to court documents. “He’s gone.”

Hobbs drove McVay to a funeral home on West Main Street, where he called 911. McVay was “rushed to surgery with numerous injuries,” the affidavit states.

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull will sentence Stinson on Nov. 9. He faces 20 to 40 years in prison for the attempted murder charge, with 30 years being the standard sentence. He could face additional time for the habitual offender enhancement.


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