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Williston man sentenced for stabbing man in gas station fight

WILLISTON -- A Williston man will spend four years in prison for stabbing and permanently injuring another man during a fight last summer in a gas station parking lot.

WILLISTON - A Williston man will spend four years in prison for stabbing and permanently injuring another man during a fight last summer in a gas station parking lot.

Anthony Casaus II, 23, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault, along with fleeing from police officers and possession of drug paraphernalia Thursday in Williston.

During the hearing, defense attorney Jonathan Green said he agreed with the outcome of the case. “It was one of those what-have-I-done moments… unfortunately, this was a really big one. He has expressed that he wishes this never happened, this is not something he would wish on anyone,” Green said.

Casaus stabbed Ariel Lopez, 26,after the two met at the North Tesoro gas station around 2 a.m. on July 1, prosecutors say. An argument between the two escalated, and Casaus pulled out a switchblade, using it to stab Lopez in the chest and under his arm.

Lopez has recovered, although his right hand is numb and he is not able to move it, assistant Williams County State’s Attorney Sandy Jones said.

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Casaus fled after the fight, and was arrested hours after leading police on a wild chase that included an off-road pursuit and a brief escape after he ran from his car.

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