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Langley stabber sentenced to jail

COUPEVILLE — The man who stabbed a 53-year-old Langley man in April pled guilty last week to assault in the third degree.

Jarred Julison stabbed James Elliot, his housemate, during a house party on Saratoga Road in late April. His injuries were so severe that Elliot had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

Julison, 21, was booked on second-degree felony assault charges. He pled guilty to the lesser charge and was sentenced to eight months in jail, which is the middle of the standard range for crimes of this nature, said Andrea Vingo, chief criminal deputy at the Island County Prosecutor’s Office.

“The defendant took advantage of my plea offer, as I indicated that, should this case have gone to trial, that I would add a deadly weapon enhancement, which would add a year on top of his standard range sentence,” Vingo explained.

“Since this is Julison’s first and, hopefully, his last, adult felony, I presume he wanted to avoid a prison sentence,” she added.

The stabbing occurred during a party and it is assumed that alcohol played a role.

Langley Police Chief Bob Herzberg said Julison turned himself into police about two hours after the stabbing. He was then booked into Island County jail.

Meanwhile, the victim’s live-in girlfriend tried to rush Elliot to Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville, but had to stop at Bayview to call 911 for medical assistance.

Langley Police and deputies from the Island County Sheriff’s Office responded to Bayview to treat the stabbing victim. He was taken to Whidbey General Hospital and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

In addition to his jail sentence, Julison will have to pay restitution. Payments have not been ordered yet, however, because not all bills have been compiled. The restitution will include the victim’s hospital and medical bills.

“As part of the plea agreement, Julison was required to pay restitution in this case — which includes the cost of a Harborview Lifeflight — restitution that he will be saddled with for a very long time,” Vingo said.

The victim has since recovered from his injuries.

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