Wednesday September 5, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 22-year-old Dalton man who admitted stabbing someone in front of an Adams bar last October was sentenced on Tuesday to up to seven years in prison.

Martin T. Parks was scheduled to go to trial in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday, but instead took a last-minute plea deal admitting his guilt to the Oct. 15, 2011, stabbing outside of Wojo’s Bar on Spring Street in Adams.

According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke, Parks stabbed Kevin Potter, 46, of Willow Street, six times in the abdomen, side and leg, as Potter stood outside the bar just before 2 a.m.

Potter was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery twice to repair what doctors said were life-threatening wounds.

Parks told police he had been out drinking that night and that he believed Potter had bumped into him and then knocked his glasses off. He said he recalled pulling out his knife but didn’t recall stabbing anyone.

Potter told police he was smoking a cigarette outside the bar when Parks walked up to him. "We don’t want whatever you’re selling," Potter said before he was stabbed, according to the prosecutor.

Police found Potter inside the bar, lying on the ground in a pool of his own blood, said Locke.

Parks pleaded guilty to a single count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury. One count of armed assault with the intent to murder was dismissed at the request of the DA’s office.

While Potter did not speak in court, Locke said that Potter was in agreement with the plea, that he continues to suffer from his wounds, and that the attack "changed his life forever."

Judge John A. Agostini ordered Parks to serve at least five years and no more than seven years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.

Parks had his bail revoked and will begin his sentence on Friday.