The man who admitted to stabbing University of Charleston football player Kevin Clemens has been sentenced to prison.
Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey sentenced Aris Hairston to 1-5 years in prison. He previously pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.
Hairston's defense attorney argued for home confinement.
Judge Bailey disagreed and pointed to Hairston's long criminal history, which includes more than 20 criminal charges since 2004. She said the criminal justice system has not worked with Hairston. He managed to avoid jail time or have his charges dismissed in most of his previous cases.
Clemens and his mom both attended the hearing. They declined to speak in court but wrote the judge letters about how the stabbing affected their lives.
Clemens has recovered from his injuries but could have died, doctors said. He was stabbed three times in the stomach in front of Impulse Nightclub in Charleston last year.
The club has a history of violence and was permanently shut down after this crime.
Hairston will be credit for time served.
The man convicted of stabbing University of Charleston football player Kevin Clemens is awaiting sentencing in Charleston, WV today.
Aris Hairston was convicted of stabbing Clemens in front of Impulse Nightclub. The club closed due to the violence associated with it.
Clemens faces 1-5 years in prison for the stabbing.
Charleston Police have confirmed that Aris Hairston, a suspect in the stabbing at Impulse Nightclub, turned himself in on Friday night.
He was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Hairston was charged with one county of malicious wounding according to the criminal complaint. His bond was set at $25,000.
Charleston Police said charges have been dropped against a man they originally thought stabbed a teen outside of a popular nightclub.
Detective said Roland Willis was misidentified as the person who stabbed University of Charleston football player Kevin Clemens, 18.
Now, police are looking for Aris Hairston, the man they believe stabbed Clemens outside of Impulse Nightclub over the weekend.
Willis has been released from the South Central Regional Jail.
The Alcohol Beverage Control Administration has suspended the club's liquor license for 10 days.
The city of Charleston said it will also revoke the club's business permit.