Man sentenced to 8 years for stabbing cop in face with screwdriver

Man sentenced to 8 years for stabbing cop in face with screwdriver


A man charged with stabbing a Bakersfield police officer in the face with a screwdriver has been sentenced to eight years in prison, local outlets report.

William Blystone, 39, pleaded no contest in July to charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, to the Aug. 2019 incident, according to KGET. Eight other felonies, including attempted murder, were dismissed as part of a plea bargain.

Police had responded to a call on Adventist Health Bakersfield that reported Blystone was causing a disturbance and was possibly suicidal.

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When officers spoke to him and tried to calm him down, he pulled out the screwdriver and stabbed the officer.

Blystone has a long history of crime and has previously served various short stints in prison:

In 2017, Blystone pleaded no contest to vandalism and grand theft and was sentenced to two years, eight months in prison according to KBAK. He served 51 days, according to court

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