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N.Y. man is sentenced in stabbing at Pa. club

October 07, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A New York man was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to five to 10 years in state prison for attacking two people with a box cutter knife earlier this year at a club in Chambersburg.

"I'm innocent and you know I'm innocent," William C. Ensley, 35, of Farckaway, N.Y., told Judge Carol Van Horn before she passed sentence. He said the reason he was convicted was "the color of my skin and where I come from."

Ensley, who is black, was convicted by a jury Sept. 1 on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of recklessly endangering another person. The charges stemmed from an incident early on the morning of Feb. 1 in Laurel Lodge, at 81 W. South St., in which two woman were injured.

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Both of the victims, Lucinda Butler and Melvina Shaffer of Chambersburg, are black, Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Matthew Fogal said after the sentencing. Neither was seriously injured in the assaults, according to testimony at the trial.

"You have two separate victims who suffered injuries as a result of your conduct," Van Horn said. "The court is concerned about your propensity for violence."

Ensley's prior criminal record included three assaults, Van Horn said. She gave him 245 days credit for time served since his Feb. 4 arrest and ordered him to pay $600 in fines and $195 in restitution to his victims.

During the sentencing, Van Horn repeatedly admonished Ensley, telling him not to interrupt her. After she handed down the sentence, she asked him if he had any questions.

Ensley said something that was inaudible from the courtroom gallery and Van Horn ordered him removed by deputies. As he was being led out, he swore at the judge.

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