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Morris man sentenced to more than 7 years in stabbing

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MORRIS - A man who pled guilty to first-degree assault for an October 2008 stabbing in Morris was sentenced to more than seven years in prison on Thursday.

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John Lewis Longcrow, 25, was sentenced in Stevens County District Court by Judge Peter Hoff.

Longcrow's 86-month sentence was executed and he also was fined $1,000 and required to pay restitution, which has not been certified, according to Stevens County Attorney Charles Glasrud.

Longcrow accepted a plea agreement in March for stabbing Ronnie White Mountain multiple times during an argument at Lamplighter Apartments on West 5th Street in Morris.

In addition to assault, Longcrow was initially facing an attempted murder charge in connection with the incident.

Under state sentencing guidelines, Longcrow could have been sentenced to between 74 months and 103 months in prison. Glasrud said in March that the presumptive sentence under the plea agreement would be 86 months.

Following the assault, White Mountain was transported to Stevens Community Medical Center, then airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center. Whitemountain recovered from his injuries and later credited prompt action by law enfocement and medical personnel for saving his life.

According to the complaint against Longcrow, Morris police responded to a 911 call at 11:09 p.m., Oct. 2, 2008, that a man was bleeding and needed assistance. A police officer arrived at White Mountain's apartment and found him "covered in blood" from stab wounds to his abdomen and other areas of his body.

The officer applied first aid until Emergency Medical Technicians arrived. White Mountain told police that he had been stabbed by a "Johnny," the complaint states.

At 11:35 p.m., police received another call from a citizen who was walking a few blocks from the Lamplighter Apartments and heard a man say he had been involved in a stabbing.

Police went to the location and found a man matching Longcrow's description with fresh wounds on his hands and wrists, and blood on his sweatshirt, pants and shoes. Police concluded that the wounds were defensive injuries.

Police investigations found that a number of people were at the apartment, that White Mountain and Longcrow had argued, and that they "saw the defendant (Longcrow) make stabbing motions toward White Mountain's abdomen while the two were in proximity to one another," according to the complaint.

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