GREENFIELD — A man stabbed during a fight about rude comments made on Facebook will spend six months on probation after admitting he instigated the argument that led to his injury.
Jacob O’meara, 26, 318 Tague St., Greenfield, pleaded guilty this week to disorderly conduct as a Class B misdemeanor, minutes before his case was scheduled for trial. He agreed to serve six months on probation as part of a deal with prosecutors, records show.
Police were called to O’meara’s home on Tague Street in September after a fight had broken out, and one man involved pulled a knife, injuring two people, investigators said.
O’meara one of two people hurt in the scuffle, which police determined started because of a social media exchange, police said. O’meara was slashed in the forehead during the altercation and was charged a few weeks later for his involvement in the fight, records show.
Brandon Anderson, 33, 5553 S. County Road 100E, Fountaintown, cut O’meara during the fight, witnesses told police. He was immediately arrested and charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and battery; he is now serving a three-year sentence in Hancock County Community Corrections.
Brandon Anderson’s brother, William Anderson, 38, also was stabbed, police said.
William Anderson, 21 Fountain Lake Drive, Greenfield, came forward a few days after the incident to tell officers it was his Facebook exchange with O’meara that started the argument, court documents state. He is currently serving a year-long probation sentence.
O’meara told the Daily Reporter he made a name-calling comment about William Anderson. He turned himself into police after being charged in October and was released after posting a $400 cash bond.