Stabbing suspect pleads

A Marietta man accused of forcing his way into a stranger’s home and then stabbing the man pleaded guilty Friday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to a third-degree felony count of burglary and a fourth-degree felony count of aggravated assault.

Ronald W. Fisher, 38, of 715 Greene St., had previously claimed he was trying to protect his daughter who he says was being assaulted by the man he stabbed, William J. Williams, 45, of 833 Second St.

Fisher and his 17-year-old daughter had gone to Williams’ residence Jan. 8 to confront the daughter’s boyfriend, whom she thought was cheating on her with Williams’ daughter.

Fisher has claimed that Williams immediately opened the door and began hitting his daughter. He says he was forced to stab Williams in the upper leg in order to get him to release his daughter.

Williams told police that Fisher had stabbed him instantly upon opening the door and had then pursued him inside, continuing to hit him. Witnesses in the home agreed with that account.

Fisher was set to go to trial Tuesday on a second-degree felony charge of assault. He would have faced up to eight years in prison if convicted.

As part of the plea agreement Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jared Erb dismissed the felonious assault charge and recommended two years on the burglary charge and one year on the assault charge for a total of three years in prison. Fisher could face a maximum four and a half years on the charges to which he pleaded.

Fisher previously served four years on a felony drug trafficking charge and was just released in June.