Man sentenced for attempted stabbing

Jonathan Paul Bailey

WOODSTOCK – A U.S. military veteran received no jail time Friday for trying to stab family members during a domestic incident in Shenandoah County in January.

Jonathan Paul Bailey pleaded guilty  in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to three counts of attempted malicious wounding. An agreement reached between Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola and Bailey’s lawyer Charles Ramsey called for the defendant to plead guilty to the three charges.

Judge Dennis L. Hupp accepted the plea agreement and granted a prosecution motion to dismiss Bailey’s remaining charge of child endangerment. Hupp sentenced Bailey, 37, to two years in prison on each charge and suspended the terms in their entirety. Hupp ordered Bailey to serve two years of supervised probation with the included condition that the defendant take his medication as prescribed for post-traumatic stress disorder. The judge also ordered Bailey to have no contact with one of the victims who was 17 years old at the time.

Bailey admitted to the judge that he had not been taking the medicine prescribed for his post-traumatic stress disorder. Bailey said he had been deployed to Iraq twice.

The judge called Bailey’s illness a mitigating circumstance that helps explain what happened but not an excuse for the defendant’s actions. Bailey told the judge he regretted his actions and realized he could have hurt someone.

Authorities charged Bailey with the four felony counts after they responded to a domestic dispute at the residence on Jan. 21. Deputies arrived to find Bailey drunk and wielding a knife, Campola said. Witnesses said Bailey had lunged at each of the three family members. Bailey dropped the knife after deputies told him several times to do so. Bailey told a magistrate later that he tried to defend himself. The defendant’s wife told authorities Bailey suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder.

No one was injured during the incident, Campola said in response to the judge’s question.

Campola also told Hupp that  a judge in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court granted the request of one of the victims to dismiss a protective order in place against Bailey a couple weeks after the incident.