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Vincent Graham, 53, of Hazleton to serve up to 1 year in prison, undergo evaluation

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SHEENA DELAZIO sdelazio@timesleader.com



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WILKES-BARRE – A Hazleton man charged with stabbing his son with an ice pick in an incident in 2011 was sentenced Tuesday to 10 days time served to 12 months in county prison.


Vincent Graham, 53, of Parkwood Street, was sentenced on one count each of simple assault and reckless endangerment.


Luzerne County Judge David Lupas placed Graham on parole and ordered him to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and comply with any recommended treatment.


Graham pleaded guilty to the charge in July and had served 10 days in jail when he was arrested two years ago.


According to court papers, Hazleton police spoke on June 17, 2011, with Gerard Graham, 22, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital where he was being treated for three wounds he had received.


Gerard Graham said, though staying at this sister’s house, he had gone back to his McKinley Street home the day before to get a laptop computer. When he arrived at this house, he heard his father, Vincent Graham, speaking to his grandmother and then his father 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 separated the two men, 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 his son, the criminal complaint states.


Gerard Graham said he felt something sticking out of his back, which police later identified as metal from an ice pick. Police collected a wooden handle as well.


Gerard Graham was taken to the Hazleton General Hospital and later air-lifted to the Lehigh Valley Hospital. Graham suffered three puncture wounds – to his stomach, side and his back.


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