A Beatrice man who stabbed someone in the face in 2016 must pay restitution as part of a sentencing order in Gage County District Court.
Brandon C. Hatfield, 22, was sentenced to serve a total of 725 days in the Gage County Detention Center for three charges, including third-degree assault, attempted false reporting and second-degree trespassing.
The sentence was announced by District Court Judge Rick Schreiner, though Hatfield received credit for 391 days served during the pendency of the case, so after credit for good time served was applied, his jail sentence was deemed to have been carried out.
Hatfield previously told the court that $1,991 in restitution to the victim would be paid before the time of sentencing, though indicated on Wednesday he had trouble finding a job. He was given until April to make restitution as ordered by the court.
Hatfield was arrested in November 2016 after the stabbing. The victim stated he had been stabbed in the eye by Hatfield, who was not at the scene when officers arrived.
Court documents state the victim had an obvious injury to his left eye, with blood coming from the area and blood on his shirt. The victim told officers he had been asleep, and woke up when his son’s probation monitor alerted him that his son was leaving the property.
The victim said numerous individuals were drinking alcohol in the front yard and driveway.
He told them he was calling the police and many left, though Hatfield allegedly approached the victim and refused to leave. The victim told Hatfield he was calling the police again, at which time Hatfield allegedly pulled an object the victim believed was a knife from his pocket, flipped it open and approached the victim.
The victim said he took a step back, but felt something stab his eye. The victim was transported to Beatrice Community Hospital, where he was treated and released.