PENN YAN — A local man has been sentenced to a state prison term after stabbing another man with a knife earlier this year.
Chad Dier, 23, of 160 Main St., was sentenced Tuesday by Yates County Judge W. Patrick Falvey to two to six years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The charge is a low-level (class D) felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
Dier was arrested by village police following a fight during the early-morning hours of April 14. Police said Dier slashed another man with a knife during the altercation, causing cuts to the man’s head and arm that required medical treatment.
County District Attorney Jason Cook said the sentence also incorporates more recent allegations against Dier, who was charged last month with possession of dangerous contraband at the county jail.
Dier admitted to Falvey that he had a pen with a sharpened point that could have been used as a weapon in the jail.
Cook and Dier’s attorney, John Dangl, said alcohol and substance abuse played a role in the weapons arrest in April. In a brief statement, Dier called his actions “idiotic” and “thoughtless.”
In other county court action Tuesday:
• Adam Webster, 26, of Dundee, was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison after being convicted of failure to register a change of address as a sex offender. The charge is a low-level (class E) felony punishable by up to four years in prison.
Webster was convicted following a one-day jury trial in August. County Assistant District Attorney Megan Peter, who prosecuted the case, noted that Webster was previously convicted of sexual misconduct in Steuben County in 2010, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child in Yates County in 2009, and felony sexual abuse in Steuben County in 2002.
Peter said evidence at the trial proved there were children living at Webster’s unregistered address, and his arrest and conviction may have prevented future crimes.
“This was a dangerous situation. At the age of 27, he is an extreme menace to society,” Peter said. “People need to know where sex offenders are living.”
Falvey noted that Webster had served several stints in jail and prison for his other convictions.
“You seem to have a penchant for sexual crimes,” Falvey said.
• Shane Mervis, 20, of 347 Elm St., Penn Yan, was sentenced to six months in the county jail and five years of probation after pleading guilty to menacing a police officer. The charge is a low-level (class D) felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
Mervis was arrested on numerous charges following a May incident in the village that began after they responded to a call about an intoxicated man urinating on Benham Street. A witness implicated Mervis, who was questioned by police.
During the interview, police said Mervis produced a knife and threatened an officer. Officers got the knife away from him and took Mervis to the police department.
While there, police said Mervis asked to use the restroom and then ran out of the building. He was later captured in the village.