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Man gets 5 years for stabbing

A Winchester man was sentenced Thursday for stabbing a man almost a year ago.

James Scott Ball, 41, pleaded guilty in July to assault under extreme emotional disturbance and tampering with physical evidence in that case.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Ball was sentenced to five years for assault and one year for tampering. Clark Circuit Judge William Clouse set the sentences to run concurrently.

Ball was arrested Aug. 26 at his residence on Winn Avenue after Winchester Police officers followed a blood trail to his apartment. Officers responded shortly after midnight and found John Johnson lying on the ground with a knife wound under his left armpit.

Johnson told officers that “Scott” stabbed and cut him several times.