NEW: City Man Gets 27 Years In Stabbing Case

Posted: November 27, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A Harrisonburg man who stabbed two men at a downtown apartment complex earlier this year will spend roughly three decades behind bars, a judge ruled today during a hearing in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

Judge Bruce Albertson said the defendant, Stuart Sipe, is an “extreme danger” to the public.

“His record is steadily becoming more violent as we go,” said Albertson, noting Sipe’s extensive criminal record and mental illness. “He won’t take his medication. The ability to control himself is getting worse and worse.”

On Aug. 6, Sipe, 44, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of unlawful wounding during a hearing in circuit court. He was originally charged with two felony counts of malicious wounding.

On Wednesday, Albertson sentenced him to 10 years in prison, the maximum punishment. He also tacked on an additional 17 years for a probation violation