A man charged with malicious wounding following a fist fight and stabbing outside of Jill’s Lounge in Ohio County was allowed to plead to lesser charges on Tuesday.
Brad Bitzer was originally facing eight counts of malicious wounding, and facing 16 to 80 years in prison. But he entered a plea to lesser charges, two counts of unlawful assault that carry a maximum of two to 10 years in jail.
The prosecution said Bitzer had a fight with another man at Jill’s Lounge on October 7, 2014.
“The altercation flowed outside to the victim’s vehicle where a scuffle ensued. They exchanged some punches at that time,” assistant prosecutor Brian Ghaphery said. “And when the punches were exchanged, the defendant pulled out a knife that he had on his belt clip and proceeded to stab the victim multiple times in the back and legs.”
At first, Bitzer hesitated when the judge asked him if he wanted to enter the plea agreement. Judge James Mazzone asked a second time if it was what Bitzer wanted. Bitzer said yes, and Mazzone accepted the guilty pleas.
His sentencing is set for July 22.