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Man found guilty of stabbing acquaintance in the chest at Berkeley County bar

Source: Ninth Solicitor's Office Source: Ninth Solicitor's Office
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 56-year-old man was found guilty of stabbing another man in the chest at a bar in Berkeley County. 

A Berkeley County jury found John Thomas guilty on Thursday of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature for a stabbing that happened at a bar in Cross.

Judge Kristi L. Harrington delayed sentencing until a pre-sentencing investigation can be completed. 

Prosecutors say the 47-year-old victim was at the Monkey Business bar in Cross with Thomas. According to authorities, Thomas became upset, left the bar and sent a text message to other patrons stating "there will be blood."

Shortly afterward, Thomas returned with a knife and walked directly to the victim whose back was to the door. Authorities say Thomas then grabbed the victim and stabbed him in the chest. 

The solicitor's office says the entire attack was captured on video. 

As the victim attempted to escape, Thomas chased him around the bar and the fled the scene leaving the knife and his phone along the way. 

The victim was flown to the Medical University of South Carolina where he was treated for his injuries. 

Thomas testified and claimed self-defense citing a gun he had seen in the victim's truck outside in the parking lot. 

Court officials say Thomas has prior convictions for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, breach of trust and robbery. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Solicitor Daniel Poulos and Assistant Solicitor Michael Patterson. 

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