A Levittown man will spend up to seven years in state prison for stabbing another man at a home in Lower Makefield two years ago.
Falls Township resident Zachary Ganie, 26, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault and other charges this summer.
The altercation stemmed from a dispute over alcohol.
Ganie had been drinking with a woman at her home on 700 Mill Street early in the evening of September 12, 2019. But the situation escalated when he chose to steal several bottles from her. She tried to stop him, but he assaulted her and got away.
The woman called her friend and friend’s boyfriend to help her get back the bottles. Their efforts got them $60 from Ganie’s mother.
It seemed like everything had been resolved. But later the same night at about 10:15 p.m. Ganie returned to the home to retaliate.
Ganie got into an argument with the woman with whom he had been drinking. Her friend’s boyfriend tried to step in and Ganie responded with violence.
Ganie hit him several times and even had to be pulled off the man. But as the victim soon discovered, Ganie was also stabbing him during the fight.
Police found the 32-year-old male victim on the floor with stab wounds to his head, face, and torso. Authorities say he needed several operations and had to be resuscitated at one point.
The victim said in an impact statement he was surprised Ganie used “a knife in a fist fight.” It was only after the fight ended he even realized he had been stabbed.
“I had thought he and I were on cordial terms, and I never thought the situation that night would escalate to the point where I almost died. I feel like the defendant is a danger to the community, and I’m afraid of what he might do when he is released from prison.”
Ganie’s minimum sentence is 3.5 years with a maximum of seven years. He must also pay restitution and receive treatments for mental health, drug and alcohol and anger management.