A Sedalia man has been convicted of assaulting a victim in March after a jury trial last week.
According to information from Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney Phillip Sawyer, James M. Luckinbill, 31, of the 1200 block of Spring Street, was convicted by a jury that reached a verdict just before noon Friday on one count of first degree assault and one count of armed criminal action as a prior and persistent felony offender.
Both acts allegedly occurred March 13 in the 200 block of South Quincy Avenue. Sawyer alleged that in the early morning hours, Luckinbill approached an individual known to him and after a brief altercation stabbed the victim with a sharp object before fleeing the area.
According to a Sedalia Police Department report, Luckinbill was arrested at 7:55 p.m. March 13 near the intersection of South Park Avenue and Spring Street on charges of first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, second degree property damage, possession of dangerous non-narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to online court documents, he was indicted by a grand jury May 11. He pleaded not guilty during a May 16 hearing.
Sawyer presented the matter on behalf of the State and 18th Circuit Judge Robert Koffman presided over the matter.
Sentencing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 25 in the Pettis County Circuit Court where the Court will hear arguments from both sides regarding punishment.