October 25, 2014

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Lodi teen imprisoned for stabbing his family

MEDINA — A 17-year-old Lodi boy was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for stabbing three members of his family in April.

Alexander R. Nemeth, of 124 Evergreen Drive, pleaded guilty the same morning to two first-degree felony charges of attempted murder and one second-degree felony charge of felonious assault as part of a plea agreement.

Defense attorney Robert Campbell stands with Alexander Nemeth, 17, who was set to be tried as an adult for stabbing his brother, father and mother. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

When Nemeth is released from prison, he will be on probation for five years.

“If you violate parole, you’ll be sent to prison for another five years, in addition to any penalties for the other offenses,” Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler told Nemeth.

Kimbler offered Nemeth a chance to speak, but he opted to remain silent.

According to Nemeth’s family, he attacked them with a hunting knife and a kitchen knife in their home at about 1:30 a.m. April 5.

His brother, Eric, who was 15 at the time, said at a July 19 hearing in juvenile court that he was playing a video game when Nemeth struck him in the back of the head twice with a 3-pound sledgehammer and stabbed him 11 times in the face, arm and leg.

Nemeth’s father, Robert, said he heard screams and tried to stop the attack, but Nemeth stabbed him four times in the back, neck and arm.

“I just remember seeing Eric covered in blood,” Robert Nemeth said at the hearing.

Barbara Nemeth said her son stabbed her twice in the arm and shoulder before she could call police.

When asked in a police interview, which was played at the hearing, Nemeth could offer no motive.

“I thought it would be interesting,” he said. “I was getting bored.”

Juvenile Court Judge John J. Lohn ruled at the July hearing that Nemeth could be tried as an adult. A grand jury indicted him Aug. 8, and he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Aug. 31, changing from an Aug. 16 plea of not guilty.

On Dec. 13, Kimbler ruled him competent to stand trial.

Nemeth originally was indicted on two counts of attempted murder and three counts of felonious assault, but two felonious assault charges were absorbed into the attempted murder charges, the prosecution said.

Kimbler sentenced him to 10 years for each attempted murder charge and eight years for the felonious assault charge. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.