Man sentenced to 14 years in prison for Olympia stabbing

Staff writerNovember 1, 2013 

A judge has sentenced a 29-year-old man to 14 years and 10 months in prison for stabbing a man outside Jake's on Fourth Avenue in downtown Olympia on August 15.

Robert Wayne Gibbons confessed to the stabbing on Sept. 2 while he was incarcerated at the Nisqually Jail on an unrelated matter.

The stabbing victim suffered a "penetrating laceration to his liver" that needed to be surgically repaired, court papers state. When an Olympia police detective interviewed Gibbons at the Nisqually Jail, Gibbons admitted he stabbed the man "out of anger," according to court papers.

According to court papers:

Gibbons said he stabbed the victim once in the side, then fled because there were many witnesses in the area. He admitted his victim did nothing to provoke the attack.

At the time of the stabbing, Gibbons had absconded from the custody of the state Department of Corrections in Spokane. He was on "escape status" with the DOC as of June.

Gibbons' lengthy criminal record includes arrests for possession of narcotics, bail jumping, felony escape, false reporting theft, custodial assault, motor vehicle theft and malicious mischief.




Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445

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