A bus driver who stabbed another driver following a traffic accident, yesterday pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon.
Nathaniel Ferguson, 24, of Mermaid Boulevard, stabbed 64-year-old Timothy Burnside in the back following a fender bender on East Bay Street on February 7.
It all began when Ferguson ran into Burnside’s bus while attempting to overtake him on East Bay Street. Both men got out of their vehicles and Ferguson swung at Burnside with a utility knife and slashed his back.
The prosecutor, Inspector Philip Davis, said he was unaware of Burnside’s condition.
Ferguson’s lawyer, Tonique Lewis, told Magistrate Samuel McKinney that Ferguson was a candidate for reform and said it was unfortunate that nowadays people do not know how to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence.
She said that Ferguson was a former bailiff in the Supreme Court.
McKinney considered Ferguson’s early guilty plea and lack of prior convictions before fining Ferguson $2,500 or one year in prison. He was ordered to compensate Burnside $600.
Ferguson was also bound over to keep the peace for a year. If he gets into any trouble during the year, he will have to pay a $1,500 fine to avoid a six-month prison stay.
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