Hawley man gets prison time in double stabbing

Justin L. Wilcox
Justin L. Wilcox

MOORHEAD — A Hawley, Minn., man was sentenced to more than a year in prison in connection with a double stabbing in August that was sparked by a romantic dispute.

Justin Lee Wilcox, 50, was sentenced on Monday, Feb. 11, in Clay County District by Judge Michael Fritz to one year and three months in prison on two felony counts of third-degree assault, which Wilcox earlier pleaded guilty to.

According to court documents:

On the morning of Aug. 11, police officers responded to a report of a possible burglary at a mobile home park and found a man and a woman with knife wounds.

The woman told police she and the man were together when Wilcox — her husband — came home and Wilcox and the man began fighting.

The woman said she suffered knife wounds during the fight and escaped by pushing the air conditioner through a window and climbing out.

The male victim told police he had only recently started seeing the woman, believing she was separated from her husband.

Wilcox was arrested during a traffic stop and told an officer during the arrest that he wanted “the other guy” charged because the man tried to choke him and that was why he stabbed him, court records said.