Clovis father sentenced for stabbing son

Clovis father sentenced for stabbing son

CLOVIS, N.M. (KFDA) - A Clovis man has received the maximum sentence for stabbing his son during an argument, the Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office said.

In December, a jury found 68-year-old Phillip Montoya guilty of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. A judge sentenced Montoya to three years in prison Wednesday.

Court records described an incident in March 2013 when Montoya and his son were in a backyard drinking. An argument later escalated to Montoya stabbing the victim in the chest. He was airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock where he later made a full recovery.

"Alcohol and anger is a recipe for disaster to himself and others," Judge Matthew Chandler said. "This could have very easily been a murder, with his own son at the victim."

Montoya's son also had a laceration on his forehead and a bite mark on his arm. Montoya fled the scene as Clovis police arrived to the Debra St. home, but was apprehended following a short foot chase.

Montoya is required to serve at least 85% percent of his sentence.

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