Richard Shaw, 29, was sentenced to nine to 18 months in prison on a charge of simple assault.

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WILKES-BARRE – A man serving a state prison sentence on drug-related charges was sentenced Monday in a case in which police say he stabbed a man last June.

Richard Shaw, 29, with a last known address of West Union Street, Nanticoke, was sentenced to nine to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of simple assault.

County Judge Lesa Gelb said Shaw’s sentence will run concurrently with the two-to-four-year prison sentence he now is serving on drug charges.

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 on the ground 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, Shaw and George Richards, were angry with him because Bernard would not allow Richards to live with him any longer.

Bernard told police Shaw called him and threatened him. Bernard got in his car near his home and waited in Janison’s parking lot to see if Shaw was coming.

Shaw pulled up with Richards in the passenger seat, Bernard told police.

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.

Bernard said he started bleeding and another man yelled across the street asking him if he was all right. Shaw and Richards then allegedly left the scene.

Gelb ordered Shaw to have no contact with Bernard and to pay any out-of-pocket medical expenses that were not covered by Bernard’s insurance.

Shaw also had been convicted by a county jury in September 2012 of drug-related offenses stemming from a February 2011 incident.

He was sentenced in November 2012 to two to four years in state prison.

Richards, 27, was also charged in the assault on Bernard, and has agreed to plead guilty, according to court records.

With a last known address of East Main Street, Nanticoke, he is scheduled to be arraigned in county court on July 12. According to court papers, at his preliminary hearing Richards agreed to plead guilty to a charge of simple assault.

Charges of simple assault and harassment were forwarded to county court. Prosecutors withdrew a count of aggravated assault.

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