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February 15, 2013

Multiple charges filed in Tuesday stabbing

GREENVILLE — A Greenville man with a lengthy criminal record, including serving a life prison sentence, could be facing a third trip to prison if convicted of threatening local police officers with a knife.

William Arthur Larson Jr., 43, remained in custody at the Hunt County Jail Thursday, charged in connection with an early Tuesday morning stabbing incident.

According to a report from the Greenville Police Department, officers responded at around 5:18 a.m. Tuesday to a call by Dennis Eubanks who stated that he had been stabbed. Officers learned that the suspect, Larson, was at 2115 Jones Street.

The officers contacted Larson, who allegedly displayed a large knife and moved aggressively toward the officers. Larson was subdued with a Taser and disarmed.

He was taken into custody for aggravated assault against a public servant, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. Eubanks was transported to Hunt Regional Medical Center Emergency Room with a stab wound to the chest.  His condition was not released.

Larson pleaded guilty in 1993 to a charge of aggravated robbery, in connection with a hold-up of a business in the 1800 block of Johnson Street in May of that year. Larson assaulted the elderly owner of the business during the robbery by hitting him in the head with a metal bumper jack.

On November 30, 1993, then-District Judge Paul Banner sentenced Larson — who previously served a prison sentence for convictions on charges of escape and forgery — to life in prison and ordered him to pay $550,000 in restitution to the victim. Court records do not indicate when Larson may have been released from prison.

Larson and Robert Michael Larson, also of Greenville, were indicted by the Hunt County grand jury in September of last year.

Each received two indictments for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence. William Larson was alleged to have threatened Robert Larson, and also a female victim, with a hammer on Aug. 4, 2012. Robert Larson was alleged to have used a pistol to threaten William Larson and another female victim on the same date.

The indictments against both defendants were dismissed in December.

The charge of aggravated assault against a public servant carries a maximum sentence upon conviction of from five to 99 years to life in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.

The aggravated assault charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

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