By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — A Northumberland County judge dropped the hammer on Joseph Rice on Monday by delivering a 33-month to seven-year state prison sentence for the Sunbury resident’s involvement in a July stabbing that left a man needing staples to close his wounds.
Rice, 23, of 634 Susquehanna Ave., who has been incarcerated in the Northumberland County Prison since July, appeared before Judge William Wiest. The defendant stood and listened as the victim, Darryl Troup, of Sunbury, asked the judge to show leniency on his friend because he believes Rice is a good person.
“We are friends, and our children play together,” Troup said to Wiest. “Sentencing him to a long prison sentence won’t do anything but make him (Rice) angrier. I believe the night this happened he was under the influence of something.”
Wiest listened and then delivered the state prison sentence.
The July incident took place at Troup’s home in the 100 block of Susquehanna Avenue, police said.
Rice began telephoning Troup but was not making any sense, and after Troup told Rice to quit calling, Rice showed up in Troup’s back yard, police said.
Troup saw Rice had a silver folding knife in his right hand, according to court documents, and after Rice entered the home, an altercation took place.
After a brief scuffle, Rice left the property, and that’s when Troup discovered his knees were bleeding, court documents said. Troup went to Sunbury Community Hospital, where he received three staples in his left knee and one in his right knee to close the wounds.
While Troup was being treated in the hospital, Rice continued to call Troup, police said.
When Troup returned home, the victim said Rice was standing in the middle of Julia Street with a tire iron in his left hand and another object in his right hand while yelling before fleeing the area, court documents said.