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Man accused of Carlisle stabbing sentenced on unrelated charges

  • By Andrew Carr, The Sentinel
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The suspect in a stabbing incident in October was sentenced on a separate burglary incident in county court on Nov. 20.

William M. Harris, 19, of Carlisle was sentenced on charges he received after the incident at the NS Deli in the first block of West Willow Street at 1:38 a.m. June 15, according to Carlisle police. He was charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

Police say officers were dispatched to the business for a burglary in progress. When they arrived, the man was seen fleeing the scene north across West Willow Street in front of arriving officers, according to police.

The man ran onto School Avenue where he momentarily was able to hide, but was found behind a parked truck, police said, noting that he was arrested and identified as Harris.

Police say next to the truck was a backpack full of cigarettes and two electronic devices on the ground next to it. Also found was a knife, a black ski mask that the man was wearing and a glass punch, which was used to break the glass of the store, according to police.

Harris was taken to the Cumberland County Booking Center where he was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Jessica Brewbaker, with bail set at $5,000.

The charges were waived to Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas during a preliminary hearing on June 20 in front of Brewbaker and bail was reduced, releasing Harris on his own recognizance.

Harris pleaded guilty to the burglary charge and all others were dismissed on Nov. 13. He was sentenced to five days to 23 months in Cumberland County Prison by County Judge M.L. Ebert on Nov. 20.


Harris also faces charges in relation to a stabbing incident in October.

He voluntarily surrendered himself to Carlisle police after being wanted for the Oct. 2 stabbing of Dashawn Devonshire, 19, in the 100 block of East Penn Street, according to police.

Witnesses say Harris and Devonshire were arguing inside the home over allegations that Devonshire had fed Harris’s dog cold medicine, causing the dog to become sick, according to police. The two men went outside where Harris stabbed Devonshire three times after a brief struggle, police said.

Police say Harris then fled the area and Devonshire dropped on to the stoop of the home, where he was found by concerned residents, who then called 911.

Devonshire was taken to the hospital and later released.

Harris had a preliminary arraignment on two felony charges of aggravated assault and misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person at 7:25 p.m. Oct. 7 in front of Magisterial District Judge Susan Day and was held on $20,000 cash bail. Bail was reduced to $8,000 on Nov. 14, pursuant to an agreement between the district attorney and the public defender, according to court records.

Harris is still being held in the Cumberland County Prison, according to court and prison records.

He will be in court again at 9 a.m. Jan. 24 for a formal arraignment on the stabbing charges.

According to court records, Harris is represented by Chief Public Defender Timothy Clawges, who represented him in the burglary incident.

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