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Sentencing hearing continued in attempted homicide case

November 30, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? A man convicted of stabbing another man on Christmas Day 2005 had his sentencing hearing continued Wednesday in Franklin County Court.

Juan Fernando Arana-Ramos, 21, no fixed address, pleaded guilty on Nov. 9 to attempted homicide in the stabbing of Jacobo Blanco of Chambersburg. A charge of aggravated assault was dismissed as part of the plea agreement, according to court records.

Arana-Ramos' attorney requested the sentencing be delayed until Jan. 17 to allow him more time to review the findings of a mental health evaluation, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Dec. 25, 2005, Chambersburg police received a 911 call reporting a man staggering in the street near the intersection of Loudon and Federal streets, according to court records. When police arrived, they found Blanco lying on a sidewalk bleeding from a stab wound to his throat.

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About half an hour later, police received a 911 call from the Broad Street home of Arana-Ramos' brother-in-law, who told police that Arana-Ramos had come into the house "covered with blood," according to the affidavit of probable cause.

The brother-in-law told police Arana-Ramos "made statements he had killed someone," police said.

The stabbing occurred at 364 W. Loudon St., police said. Arana-Ramos and Blanco were alone in the house after the man and woman living there had gone out to get more beer about 30 minutes before the assault, police said.

Arana-Ramos has been in custody since the incident. He faces a maximum of 40 years in prison when he is sentenced.

Blanco eventually recovered from his injuries.

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