Man gets five years for slashing other man's throat

Man gets five years for slashing other man's throat


A Girard man who was being sentenced Thursday for slashing another man’s throat outside a bar in November told Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice he has no idea why he did it.

“I don’t know,” said 22-year-old James Egner of Lawrence Avenue, who received a five-year sentence for attacking 24-year-old Zachary Travis outside the Hole in the Wall Club on East Park Avenue in Niles on Nov. 16.

Travis spoke before Egner was sentenced for the charge of felonious assault, saying the attack came after he walked out of the bar and that Egner ran after, threw him to the ground, raised his head and slashed his throat with some type of knife. Travis said he does not know Egner and never did.

“I’m lucky to be here,” Travis said. “This guy tried to kill me for no reason.”

Travis said others watched the attack and did nothing to stop it.

“He peeled my head back and he said, ‘I’m going to kill him,’ and all those people were hooting and cheering him on,” Travis said.

Travis said he lost his job after the attack and has unpaid medical bills because he was not working.

James Wise, Egner’s attorney, said his client has already served six months in the county jail awaiting sentencing. He was originally charged with attempted murder but pleaded guilty to the felonious assault charge on April 8.

Read more in Friday’s Vindicator.

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