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Man pleads in stabbing incident

LISBON — A Salem man pleaded guilty this week in Common Pleas Court to charges related to stabbing two people he knew in Salem last summer.

Ryan D. Wilson, 29, Barclay Avenue, Salem, pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony tampering with evidence charge and two counts of felonious assault, both second-degree felonies. If all the counts were to run consecutively, he is facing up to 27 years in prison and a $40,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Sept. 17.

Salem officers responded to Wilson’s home the evening of Aug. 22, 2019, where he stabbed former tenants Eric Collins and Elijah Beiling in their in the driveway after they returned to collect personal belongings.

At the time of the arrest, Detective Dave Talbert, had reported the men began to argue and Wilson attempted to stab Collins multiple times while he was in the vehicle and then stabbed Beiling multiple times when he attempted to run away and call for help.

Both Collins and Beiling were transported to the Salem hospital, then one was transferred to St. Elizabeth’s with non-life-threatening injuries.

Assisted by the BCI&I at the scene, investigators found the blade of the knife believed used in the stabbing in a fire burning in the back yard. The wooden handle was burned away from the kitchen knife.

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