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December 31, 2011

City man given 10 years in Reds bar stabbing case


CUMBERLAND — A 32-year-old city man was sentenced last week in Allegany County Circuit Court in connection with the reported stabbing of four men at at Reds bar on South Centre Street last February, according to the Office of the State’s Attorney.
Justin Allan Nizer, who pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in the case in a plea agreement that dismissed numerous other charges, was sentenced to 10 years  in the Division of Corrections by Judge Gary G. Leasure.
Three years of the sentenced were suspended by the judge, who ordered Nizer to be  placed on three years of supervised probation upon completion of his prison sentence.
In addition, the judge ordered Nizer to have no contact with victims or witnesses in the case; stay away from Reds, and pay restitution to the Western Maryland Health System, Anthem BlueCross/Blue Shield and the Mayor and City of Cumberland, ACS Recovery Services, and to three individuals. The restitution totaled more than $8,000, according to court documents.
Nizer pleaded guilty to second-degree assault through a plea agreement accepted by the court last October.
The incident occurred on Feb. 6, 2011, prompting the response of the Cumberland Police Department to Reds bar on South Centre Street for an alleged stabbing.
Four people were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by the Cumberland Fire Department Ambulance for treatment of stab wounds.
Investigation by Cumberland Police and the C3I Unit revealed that Nizer had stabbed the victims during an altercation inside the establishment.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Thomas Werthman. Nizer was represented by attorney David Schram.
The matter was reviewed by the Board of License Commissioners for Allegany County.
After hearing testimony in the matter, the liquor board said the matter could have been handled better but did not issue any penalties against Reds. 
The liquor board said the cooperation of Reds staff the night of the incident with police during the investigation was favorably considered by the board.

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