June 25, 2016

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Man pleads guilty to Brunswick campsite stabbing

MEDINA — A 27-year-old homeless man pleaded guilty Monday to stabbing a 31-year-old man at an unsanctioned campsite in the woods near Brunswick Lake in September.

Karl M. Phelps was scheduled to stand trial on two counts of second-degree felonious assault, but changed his plea before a jury could be seated. Potential jurors had been called and were awaiting selection.

Karl Phelps

Karl Phelps

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler scheduled Phelps for a Feb. 13 sentencing hearing, where he faces up to eight years in prison.

Phelps is accused of injuring an acquaintance with a multifunction tool by stabbing him in the chest. Police offered no motive for the attack, saying Phelps has refused to talk.

Last month, an accomplice of Phelps, 32-year-old Joshua James, of Brunswick, was sentenced to time served in jail for helping Phelps pack up the campsite where the stabbing happened in order to avoid police detection.

James was convicted of obstructing justice, a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to a year in prison, also on the day he was scheduled to go to trial.

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.