Oak Harbor man may face prison for knifing stepfather
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
June 8, 2012 · Updated 1:53 PM
A 35-year-old Oak Harbor man is accused of stabbing his stepfather in the chest with a kitchen knife May 22, court documents alleged.
Prosecutors charged Daniel Marcum in Island County Superior Court May 24 with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. It was charged as a domestic-violence-related crime.
The fight started when Marcum started yelling at his mother at their home north of Oak Harbor. The 60-year-old man intervened and told Marcum to stop, but Marcum swung a kitchen knife at him, according to a report by a deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office.
The two men started fighting. Marcum allegedly stabbed the older men repeatedly until the knife broke. The injured man then beat Marcum.
The victim was stabbed once in the chest, twice on the bicep and on the chin. Paramedics who arrived at the scene said the wounds were not life threatening, the deputy wrote in his report.
The man later told deputies that he had given $200 to Marcum and told him to leave the island. Deputies found Marcum as he was walking on Highway 20, carrying a couple of bags. His face was bruised and swollen. He had a handle from a broken knife in his pocket, the report states.
If convicted of the charge, Marcum could face up to a year and two months in prison under the standard sentencing range.
Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at email@example.com or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.