Novak Pleads Guilty To Medford Stabbing 8/16/18
The 25 year old man who is accused of being involved in a stabbing incident on Medford’s west side has agreed to a plea deal. Taylor County District Attorney Kristi Tlusty had charged Derek Novak with 3 felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with the May 10th stabbing incident when Novak allegedly stabbed Stormy Weber following an argument.
The stabbing occurred on Highway Q west of Medford, with children and women in each of the men’s stopped vehicles during the incident. D.A. Tlusty indicated that the defendant had agreed to a plea deal which would involve Novak pleading no contest to a felony count of use of a dangerous weapon, aggravated battery-intend bodily harm, along with a felony charge of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety use of a dangerous weapon.
Judge Ann Knox-Bauer accepted the plea and agreed to dismiss two other charges which will be read in at sentencing.
D.A. Tlusty indicated that as a method to avoid a trial, the prosecution would accept 2 guilty pleas and was asking for a punishment consisting of confinement of not more than 3 years and an additional 5 years of extended supervision.
The Judge accepted the plea deal and reminded the defendant of the serious nature of the charges which carry a maximum penalty of $35,000 in fines and 27 years in prison. Judge Ann Knox-Bauer asked Novak if indeed he is 25 years old and has completed 10 years of school without a G.E.D. and Novak said yes. The judge ordered a presentence investigation and set a sentencing date of October 25th for Derek Novak. He is being held in the Taylor County Jail on $200,000 cash bond.