WILKES-BARRE – A Scranton man charged with stabbing another man during an argument in May 2009 inside a Wilkes-Barre home pleaded guilty Tuesday to a related charge.
Nathan D. Gilman, 29, of Kennedy Drive, Scranton, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault at a hearing before county Judge David Lupas.
Gilman, who faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, will be sentenced on Sept. 23, Lupas said. Gilman’s attorney, Joseph Yeager, asked that his client be released on bail pending the sentencing, a request Lupas granted.
Gilman must reside with his brother in Scranton and is released on $5,000 unsecured bail pending any other detainers, Lupas said. Gilman had been lodged at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on warrants for failing to appear for court proceedings.
According to court papers, Wilkes-Barre police were called to a 1326 N. Washington St. home on May 23, 2009, for a report of someone being stabbed. Police interviewed Billy Brennan, who said he was at the home with some friends drinking beer when an argument occurred and Gilman stabbed him.
Brennan said he had gone to an upstairs bedroom to sleep. When he returned downstairs, he learned one of the women in the house was going to leave with her two friends, according to the criminal complaint. Brennan told police this upset him because he didn’t want anyone drinking and driving.
Brennan said he went outside to “cool off” and spoke with a male friend about Gilman and one of the women “fooling around.”
The complaint stated Brennan began to gather his belongings because he didn’t want to remain at the home when Gilman confronted him. Brennan said an altercation began and Gilman stabbed him in the right side. Brennan told police he grabbed the knife to stop the attack and was cut on his left hand.
Brennan was taken to an area hospital, where he underwent surgery and received a number of stitches.