Teen gets 90 days in stabbing

Published 11:31 am Wednesday, April 4, 2012

COURTLAND—A Windsor woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail for stabbing a Franklin teen during an argument over a boy last year.

Nikkol Wade, 18, who pleaded guilty in January to a charge of unlawful wounding, apologized before Southampton County Circuit Judge Carl Eason levied the jail sentence along with payment of $3,388 in restitution and three years of probation.

The sentencing guidelines in the case called for probation only, but Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Cooke asked for a year in jail for Wade because of the extent of the injury to the victim’s arm.

“This is somebody who needs to be sent a message from the community that this behavior will not be tolerated,” Cooke said.

Wade’s attorney, Richard Railey Jr., argued that she had never been in trouble before and would benefit from a probation-only sentence.

“There’s nothing in the record of this case to justify a departure from the guidelines,” Railey said.

Railey said that the victim in the case threw the first punch and that multiple weapons were found at the victim’s Norfleet Street residence.

“For some reason the police found two knives,” Railey said. “We don’t really know what happened.”

Wade and the then 16-year-old victim had been arguing through text messages and online before Wade went to the victim’s home on April 19. A fight ensued before Wade stabbed the victim in the arm, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Toni Colvin said during a January hearing.