Greenville man enters plea in Wesco stabbing

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:19 pm on Friday, February 17, 2012

Eric Tett

STANTON — A Greenville man pleaded no contest Thursday to a charge related to a stabbing incident at the Wesco gas station in Greenville.

Eric Tett, 27, was originally charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and vehicle tampering.

According to court documents, Tett assaulted one male teenager and stabbed another male teenager with a screwdriver or a sparkplug wrench around 4:20 p.m. Jan. 22 at Wesco on the corner of Franklin and Washington streets. Tett also damaged the vehicle of the teenager he stabbed.

Tett allegedly fled the scene in a vehicle before officers from the Greenville Department of Public Safety responded. Officers arrested Tett at his residence a short time later.

Family members transported the stabbing victim to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The motive behind the incident is not clear.

Tett pleaded no contest Thursday to assault with a dangerous weapon. His attorney, Lori Shearer of Stanton, said Tett is pleading no contest due to the possibility of civil liability.

A no contest plea is not a guilty plea, but is treated as a guilty plea by the court.

Tett will be sentenced at a later date in 8th Judicial Circuit Court. He will likely be sentenced to no more than one year in the Montcalm County Jail and five years probation due to a plea agreement. Other charges against Tett will be dismissed at sentencing.

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