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Man gets 5 years in Norfolk nightclub stabbings

By Gary A. Harki1
The Virginian-Pilot
May 6, 2015

NORFOLK

A Richmond man arrested for stabbing several people at The Palace on Plume nightclub in August 2013 pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of malicious wounding and unlawful wounding stemming from the incident.

Curtis Garrett, 23, of Richmond will serve a total of five years for the crimes under the terms of his plea agreement. Judge Mary Jane Hall imposed a sentence of 20 years in prison with 16 suspended for the malicious wounding charge, and five years in prison with four suspended for the unlawful wounding charge.

Garrett got into a fight on The Palace on Plume’s dance floor on Aug.

31, 2013, with Donte Salisbury, according to a stipulation of the prosecution’s evidence in the case.

Salisbury said he and Garrett exchanged words, then Garrett struck him across the face. Salisbury grabbed Garrett by his hair and punched him in the head.

Salisbury said he felt several blows to his side as the two men were being dragged downstairs and out of the nightclub.

Several people were escorted out of the building.

“At that time, it became apparent that several people were suffering from lacerations,” the document states.

Police initially reported that two women and two men were injured.

Salisbury was cut from his ear to his mouth. He needed 150 stitches.

He also had numerous puncture wounds in his left side and torso, the court document states.

Cherie Graham said she didn’t know either of the men but was caught in the fight on the dance floor, according to court documents.

“She described the defendant’s arms ‘flailing’ about as she was knocked to the ground,” according to the stipulation of facts. “It was then she realized she had been cut.”

She said she couldn’t say whether Garrett was holding a weapon when she was knocked to the ground. When police arrived, they found Garrett a few blocks away being cared for by a bystander. He had a cut on his arm.

When police interviewed him, he told them he didn’t cut anyone.

No weapon was recovered at the scene, according to court documents.

Gary Harki, 757-446-2370, [email protected]

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