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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.


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