June 26, 2014

Man gets life in prison in stabbing of Five Points bar owner, employee

Stewart Randal Ard was convicted Wednesday and sentenced to life without parole for stabbing the owner and one employee of Five Points bar last summer.

COLUMBIA, SC The man accused of stabbing a Five Points bar owner and employee last summer was sentenced to life without parole Wednesday after he was found guilty by a Richland County jury.

Stewart Randal Ard, appearing before Judge James R. Barber III, was found guilty of one count of attempted murder, two counts of assault and battery in the second degree, assault and battery in the third degree and carrying a concealed weapon.

Ard and two other suspects were accused of assaulting the owner of Group Therapy bar along Greene Street after they were kicked out of the bar. Police said they returned later and attacked a club bouncer. The victims’ wounds were not life-threatening, according to reports.

After the men left the area, Ard was accused of also trying to stab two men who followed the group to their car.

Ard has a criminal record dating to 1993. He was convicted in 2005 for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and armed robbery, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

The status of the cases against two other suspects charged in the incident – Benjamin Geno and Jason Skaggs – were not known Thursday.

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