July 25, 2016

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Man pleads no contest to charges related to stabbing

MEDINA β€” A 32-year-old Brunswick man was released from jail Tuesday after pleading no contest to helping move a camp where police say a homeless man stabbed another man.

Joshua James, previously of Derbyshire Drive, was found guilty of attempted obstruction of official business, a first-degree misdemeanor. He originally was charged with obstructing justice, a fifth-degree felony.

Joshua James

James was set for trial Monday, and a jury already had been selected when he changed his plea.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier sentenced James to 104 days in jail, and gave him credit for 104 days served.

Police arrested James in September, following a stabbing at a camp in the woods southwest of Maxwell Boulevard and Center Road in Brunswick.

Karl Phelps, 27, was accused of stabbing a 31-year-old male acquaintance at the camp. He’s charged with two counts of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and could face eight or more years in prison if convicted.

Phelps is scheduled for a Jan. 6 trial before county Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler.

James was accused of aiding Phelps in moving the camp to avoid police detection.

Police said Phelps has refused to talk, so no motive is available in the attack.

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

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.