A Fort Mill man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday afternoon for stabbing his girlfriend repeatedly in October of 2014, prosecutors said.
Stuart Ribble, 52, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and weapons charges in the domestic violence crime at a home on Blowing Rock Cove. Because the crime is a violent crime, Ribble is not eligible for parole and must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence.
On the night of his 50th birthday last year, Ribble went out then was irate when returning home to a locked house because his girlfriend was fearful when Ribble drank, said Jessica Holland, the 16th Circuit assistant solicitor who prosecuted the case.
Ribble broke a window to get in the house, went into the bedroom where his girlfriend was asleep, and stabbed her several times, Holland said. The victim had injuries including a collapsed lung.
Ribble's lawyer, 16th Circuit Deputy Public Defender B.J. Barrowclough, told the court that Ribble had struggled with mental illness.
- Andrew Dys