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8/21/2014 2:07:00 PM
Rimrock man sentenced for stabbing Cottonwood man
Jonathan Perez-Vidal
Jonathan Perez-Vidal

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

BEAVER CREEK -- A Rimrock man has been sentenced for stabbing a man in a bar earlier this year.

A 38-year-old Cottonwood man was stabbed outside the McGuireville Tavern April 4 just before 2 in the morning. The victim was flown to the Flagstaff hospital with knife wounds in the chest and knee. The victim told deputies he didn't know the man who stabbed him and said he had no incidents with other patrons. Witnesses also said the stabbing occurred with no apparent provocation.

Later the same day, the suspect with the knife was identified as Jonathan Perez-Vidal of Rimrock.

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies went to the man's house, where Perez-Vidal admitted the fight. He said he became mad when he saw the unknown man talking with his wife.

Now Perez-Vidal has been sentenced. Judge Michael Bluff sentenced the man to two years in prison on the charge of assault with a deadly weapon and one year each on charges of taking the identity of another, and two counts of forgery. Since all the offenses are served concurrently, Perez-Vidal will serve two years, with credit for 83 days already served in jail.

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