The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 21, 2014

Milton stabber gets 6 to 12

LEWISBURG — A Milton man who had faced an attempted murder charge in a 2012 stabbing of an 18-year-old New Columbia man was sentenced in Union County Court on Thursday to six to 12 years in prison.

William Bardole, 45, of Milton, pleaded guilty to one felony count of aggravated assault in the November 2012 attack on Michael Sharpnack, now 20, of New Kensington. Bardole attacked Sharpnack with a 16-inch dagger concealed in a walking stick.

President Judge Michael Sholley accepted Bardole’s plea agreement. He will be eligible for parole after serving six years. Bardole was given credit for time served, 502 days, since his arrest Nov. 4, 2012. He was in jail on straight bail set at $50,000.

The remaining charges were dropped. They included attempted homicide, another count of aggravated assault, plus misdemeanor counts of simple assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a prohibited offensive weapon.

Attorney Brian Ulmer told Sholley his client was “very sorry for what happened and accepts full responsibility.”

In court, Bardole apologized “for what happened that night. It never should have went that far.”

The attack had occurred at 2 a.m. at Bardole’s home on White Deer Pike. Witnesses told police Sharpnack and Bardole fought, first verbally, then physically. Both fell to the ground during the struggle, police said, but none of the witnesses knew what motivated the attack.

When interviewed, Bardole gave them at least three accounts of the incident, police said. Bardole stabbed Sharpnack three times in the back and once on the hand. Sharpnack spent a few days being treated at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for his wounds.

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