The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 26, 2013

Brother reaches plea deal in stabbing

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

LEWISBURG — SUNBURY — A Shamokin man who is accused of stabbing a city man 10 to 12 times had his bail reduced after he reached a plea deal with the Northumberland County district attorney’s office Tuesday.

Damian Badman, 31, of Shamokin, was incarcerated in the Northumberland County Prison on Oct. 11 on $125,000 secured bail after Sunbury police said he and his brother, Brian, 29, of Sunbury, knifed Shawn Snurkowski, 26, of North Sixth Street, and Amber Edwards, whose age and address are unknown. On Tuesday, Badman’s bail was amended so that he did not have to post any money to be set free. However, should he fail to make a required court appearance, he would forfeit $125,000.

Brian Badman still is being held in the Northumberland County Prison on $125,000 secured bail for his alleged involvement in the stabbing.

Snurkowski was flown by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for treatment after the stabbing. He and Edwards have since been discharged. Police said the brothers have a history of getting into fights.

Damian Badman appeared Tuesday before Sunbury District Judge Ben Apfelbaum, and before a preliminary hearing could take place, Assistant District Attorney Ann Targonski agreed to the plea bargain, but she would not specify what the deal was.

“I spoke to the arresting officer about it,” she said.

Police from Sunbury, Northumberland and Point Township were called to the 100 block of North Sixth Street about the fight. Witnesses said the Badmans and an unknown woman showed up and began arguing with Snurkowski.

Damian Badman threw a can of beer in the direction of Snurkowski and Snurkowski’s children, police said. The argument escalated, and the Badmans began to stab Snurkowski in the chest, neck and back, officers said. Edwards, who was among witnesses who tried to break up the fight, was slashed in the left triceps, police said.

The Badmans left in a Volkswagen but were apprehended shortly thereafter, officers said.

The Badmans face identical charges of four counts each of aggravated assault and four counts of criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, felonies that in total could carry penalties of up to 60 years in prison and $100,000 in fines; a misdemeanor charge of possessing an instrument of crime, which could result in a 5-year sentence and $10,000 fine; and two counts of simple assault, misdemeanors that could carry a 2-year sentence and $5,000 fine.

In Northumberland County Court, Damian Badman pleaded guilty in 2008 to disorderly conduct for fighting, to harassment in 2004 and to disorderly conduct for a fight in 2003. In Snyder County Court, he was found guilty of disorderly conduct for a fight in 2012.

Brian Badman pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for a fight in Northumberland County Court in April.

A court date has not been set for Damian Badman.