WILKES-BARRE – A Hazleton man charged with stabbing his son with an ice pick during a fight in June 2011 has pleaded guilty.
Vincent Graham, 53, of Parkwood Street, entered the plea to charges of simple assault and reckless endangerment. County Judge David Lupas said Graham will be sentenced on Aug. 27.
Graham faces two years in prison on each of the counts, which are both misdemeanors.
According to court papers, on June 17, 2011, Hazleton police spoke with Gerard Graham, 22, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he was being treated for three wounds he received.
Gerard Graham said he was at his sister’s house the day before and went back to his McKinley Street home to get a laptop computer. When he got to his house, he heard his father speaking to his grandmother, and then his father, Vincent Graham, came into his bedroom.
Vincent Graham told his son he had to leave and began to push him out of the room and down the stairs. Family members broke the two men apart and Gerard Graham retrieved belongings from his room before leaving.
Later that night at Gerard Graham’s sister’s home, Vincent Graham showed up and was pushing Gerard Graham’s little sister.
Gerard Graham intervened, and Vincent Graham started swinging at his son. The two men broke apart, and Vincent Graham returned, further assaulting Gerard Graham, according to the criminal complaint.
Gerard Graham said he felt something sticking out of his back. Police said the piece of metal appeared to be from an ice pick and that they collected a wooden handle as well.
Gerard Graham was taken to the Hazleton General Hospital by his sisters, and later air lifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital. Police said Gerard Graham suffered three puncture wounds – to his stomach, side and his back.