Veteran sentenced to jail for stabbing

Anthony McFarlane. (Undated courtesy photo)

ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — An Otsego Army veteran will serve some jail time for stabbing a man in early 2013.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Anthony McFarlane was sentenced Monday to serve 120 days in jail. It will be served in increments:

  • 30 days starting on May 26
  • 45 days starting July 28
  • 45 days starting Sept. 29

McFarlane was ordered to wear an electronic tether when not in jail. He received credit for one day served.

In January 2013, McFarlane stabbed Adam Laws. The victim testified the pair had first encountered one another after Laws stepped in to a disagreement McFarlane was having with his girlfriend. There was a confrontation when the men saw each other again that evening, Laws testified. McFarlane stabbed Laws in the stomach with a three-inch pocket knife.

McFarlane has claimed the stabbing was in self-defense. Laws had been drinking that night, records show, and had THC in his system.

McFarlane’s family also said he was dealt with PTSD-related problems.

He was initially charged with assault with intent to murder, but that charge was later reduced as part of a plea deal.

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