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66-year sentence in murder attempt

November 10, 2018

A Fort Wayne man convicted last month of attempted murder in the New Year’s Day stabbing of a Uniondale man was ordered to spend 66 years in prison.

Jurors on Oct. 4 found Cody A. Stinson, 23, guilty of aggravated battery when it includes a substantial risk of death, battery with a deadly weapon and attempted murder. He also was found to be a habitual offender.

He was sentenced Friday in Allen Superior Court. 

Mark McVay was stabbed in an attack a witness said was unprovoked as he and Stinson 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. 

Police said Shane Hobbs was driving the car Jan. 1 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,” a probable cause affidavit states. Hobbs : who also was injured : told investigators he didn’t know why Stinson attacked McVay, according to the affidavit. 

Stinson also pleaded guilty in 2015 to a felony armed robbery charge, court records show. He was sentenced in that case to four years in prison. 

mleblanc@jg.net 

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