Man sentenced to jail for Greenville stabbing

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 5:54 pm on Friday, September 21, 2012

Corey Cole

STANTON — A Grand Rapids-area man was sentenced to jail time Thursday after stabbing a Greenville man and attempting to stab a Greenville woman.

Corey Cole, 25, of Wyoming, Mich., was originally charged with attempted murder and felonious assault. He pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mike Pousak, officers responded to a fight in progress around 11 p.m. June 29 at River’s Edge Townhouses in the 700 block of Hillcrest Street in Greenville.

“There was a party and it got out of hand,” Pousak said. “Alcohol was involved. Things got heated. There was an argument. While officers were en route, they kept getting updates from Central Dispatch that people were fleeing.”

Cole chased a 27-year-old Greenville man on foot to Greenville West Drive, where he stabbed the man in the side. Cole then chased and attempted to stabb a 31-year-old Greenville woman. She was able to escape without being harmed.

The Greenville man who was stabbed was taken to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville. He was later transferred to a Grand Rapids hospital for treatment.

“This could have turned out a whole lot worse than it did,” noted Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause at Cole’s sentencing Thursday morning in 8th Judicial Circuit Court.

Cole did not have much to say and had to be prompted by Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger to comment. Cole admitted he was intoxicated that night and given another chance to react that night, he would “call the police” instead.

“This was a very dangerous situation,” Kreeger said.

Kreeger sentenced Cole to eight months in the Montcalm County Jail with credit for 82 days already served, three years probation and $8,614.58 in restitution to the stabbing victim and to Spectrum Health United Hospital.

Kreeger expressed concern that Cole has an untreated mental health condition and should seek treatment.

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