3-year prison term for stabbing

A Marietta man who claimed he had stabbed a stranger to protect his daughter was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to the maximum three years in prison.

Ronald W. Fisher, 38, of 715 Greene St., was arrested in January after forcing his way into the home of Second Street resident William Williams, 45, and then stabbing the man in the upper thigh.

Fisher previously claimed that the Jan. 8 stabbing had been an attempt to protect his 17-year-old daughter from Williams. Fisher said Williams attacked his daughter when they showed up at the residence to confront the daughter’s boyfriend.

Initially charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, Fisher pleaded guilty March 29 to two reduced charges-a third-degree felony count of burglary and a fourth-degree felony count of aggravated assault.

He faced a maximum of three years on the first charge and 18 months on the second. However, because the offenses were part of the same crime, Ohio law requires that the sentences run concurrently, said Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane.

Fisher received 132 days credit on the sentence as he has been incarcerated since his arrest.

When the maximum sentence was issued, Fisher commented that it was not fair.

“Definitely wasn’t justice. Definitely want an appeal,” he said.