July 24, 2016

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Homeless man in prison for three years for Brunswick campsite stabbing

Karl Phelps

Karl Phelps

MEDINA — A 27-year-old homeless man will spend almost 3½ years in prison for stabbing a man at an unsanctioned campsite in the woods near Brunswick Lake in September.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier on April 30 sentenced Karl Phelps, who had pleaded no contest in January to felonious assault charges.

Collier gave Phelps four years in prison with 220 days of jail credit.

Phelps was arrested Sept. 4 following a two-hour search after the stabbing, which occurred as the result of an argument.

In December, an accomplice of Phelps, 32-year-old Joshua James, of Brunswick, was sentenced to time served in jail on a charge of obstructing justice after helping Phelps pack up the campsite where the stabbing happened in order to avoid police detection.

James faced up to a year in prison.

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