WILKES-BARRE — A Nanticoke man charged with his role in the stabbing of a man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two related charges.
George Richards, 27, with a last known address of East Main Street, pleaded guilty to charges of simple assault and harassment. County Judge Michael Vough said Richards will be sentenced on Sept. 27.
According to court papers, on June 30, 2012, police were called to the area of Janison’s Floral on East Main Street in Nanticoke. When police arrived, they saw blood in a parking lot and broken pieces of wood.
Floyd Bernard had injuries to his head, face and arm and was taken to the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for treatment. He was treated for lacerations to his head, chest and arm.
Bernard said two people, Richard Shaw and George Richards, were angry with him because Bernard would not allow Richards to live with him any longer.
Bernard said “words were exchanged” and Shaw pulled out a knife. Bernard said he tried to defend himself, but Shaw cut him on the chest and elbow.
Bernard said he then saw Richards coming from the side with a wooden object, and that he was struck in the head, according to court papers.
Shaw, 29, also of Nanticoke, was charged in the case and sentenced in June to nine to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to related charges.