Longcrow accepts plea deal for stabbing
A man charged in an October 2008 stabbing in Morris pled guilty to first-degree assault and could face between six and nine years in prison.
John Lewis Longcrow, 25, accepted a plea deal in Stevens County District Court on Friday for stabbing Ronnie White Mountain multiple times during an argument at the Lamplighter Apartment on West 5th Street in Morris.
In addition to assault, Longcrow was facing attempted murder charges in the incident.
A pre-sentence investigation was ordered. Under state sentencing guidelines, Longcrow could be sentenced to between 74 months and 103 months in prison. Stevens County Attorney Charles Glasrud said the presumptive sentence under the plea agreement would be 86 months.
Following the incident, White Mountain was transported to Stevens Community Medical Center, then airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center. Whitemountain recovered from his injuries and later credited prompt action by law enfocement and medical personnel for saving his life.
Longcrow was initially charged with attempted murder without premeditation, first-degree assault causing great bodily harm, and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
According to the complaint against Longcrow, Morris police responded to a 911 call at 11:09 p.m., Oct. 2, 2008, that a man was bleeding and needed assistance. A police officer arrived at White Mountain's apartment and found him "covered in blood" from stab wounds to his abdomen and other areas of his body.
The officer applied first aid until Emergency Medical Technicians arrived. White Mountain told police that he had been stabbed by a "Johnny," the complaint states.
At 11:35 p.m., police received another call from a citizen who was walking a few blocks from the Lamplighter Apartments and heard a man say he had been involved in a stabbing.
Police went to the location and found a man matching Longcrow's description with fresh wounds on his hands and wrists, and blood on his sweatshirt, pants and shoes. Police concluded that the wounds were defensive injuries.
Police investigations found that a number of people were at the apartment, that White Mountain and Longcrow had argued, and that they "saw the defendant (Longcrow) make stabbing motions toward White Mountain's abdomen while the two were in proximity to one another," according to the complaint.