On Feb. 19, 2011 Emannuel Ware said he was with some friends at Southeast Missouri State University who said they had been in a fight with some men. When Ware arrived home three men attacked him, stabbing him in his heart and abdomen. Cody Gustin, Prince Blair, and Dalton Burns were all charged with beating Ware. Gustin was facing life in prison for Class A Felony - 1st degree assault for stabbing him. That charge was negotiated down. A judge sentenced him to seven years on the lowered charge. Blair, of New York was charged with second-degree assault, which carries up to 15 years in prison. He is serving a year in the Cape Girardeau County Jail after his felony was plea bargained down to a misdemeanor. On Monday, Burns of Cape Girardeau, also originally charged with second-degree assault was sentenced to nine months in the county lockup. His felony was plea bargained down to a misdemeanor. Assistant prosecuting attorney Angel Woodruff could not be reached for comment. Ware still has medical bills totaling close to $200,000. He is considering a lawsuit.
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