Bluffs man receives heavy sentence in stabbing case
A 39 year old Scottsbluff man accused of stabbing another man during a dispute over a vehicle was sentenced in Scotts Bluff County District Court Monday. Herman Torres was sentenced to serve 5 to 8 years in prison, with credit for 107 days served. Torres was charged with use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Court documents accused Torres of stabbing Jason Lewison, owner of Precision Cycle, during a physical altercation over the sale of a vehicle Torres was buying from Lewison. Police say Lewison asked Torres to return the vehicle until he got insurance. During the fight at the Precision Cycle location on Railway Street, Torres stabbed Lewison in the neck.
Lewison called to his wife to help and when she removed a firearm from a vehicle in the garage, she held Torres at bay with the pistol until Police arrived.
Torres, the ex-husband of Lewison's wife, was working for Lewison at the time, and claims he stabbed Lewison because he had reneged on a number of deals.
In addition to the prison sentence, Torres was ordered to pay just of $2,100 in restitution to the victim.
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