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Dilworth man gets jail time for stabbing incident

MOORHEAD - A Dilworth man accused of stabbing an acquaintance in the back in August was sentenced Friday to 120 days in jail.

Rodrick Mark Ponce, 48, pleaded guilty earlier this month to felony third-degree assault in Clay County District Court. A second-degree assault charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

The stabbing was reported at 2:01 a.m. Aug. 9 in the 700 block of Center Avenue West in Dilworth.

According to the complaint, Ponce initially told police that he and the victim had been drinking all day and that he'd been sharpening his knife that night. He said the victim was sitting in a chair in front of him when he fell backward onto the knife, the complaint states.

However, the victim told police he and Ponce were hugging when he felt a "pinch" and said to Ponce, "Did you just stab me? That's it." He said he didn't see Ponce with a knife until he was stabbed, the complaint states.

Ponce received credit for 79 days served in jail. He will be on supervised probation for five years.