Texas Man Sentenced to 1-5 Years in Prison for Attack

Michael Craig Tyner, a pipeline welder from Carmine, Texas, is going to prison for at least one year for slashing a man with a knife during an altercation in the parking lot of a Triadelphia bar.

On Thursday, Circuit Judge James Mazzone sentenced Tyner, 38, to one-to-five years in prison with an opportunity for a Rule 35 sentence reduction hearing after the first year.

Tyner pleaded guilty June 30 to a reduced charge of unlawful assault after the May grand jury indicted him on one count of malicious wounding.

The charge stems from a Feb. 17, 2013, early morning fight in the parking lot of Hock’s Bar.

Assistant prosecutor Brian Ghaphery said officers responding to the call found Tyner being held to the ground by two other men.

He said the victim’s father and another man were engaged in a fight when Tyner approached in what appeared to be an attempt to join the fight. When the victim waved Tyner off, Tyner pulled a knife and slashed him.

Mazzone had delayed sentencing for two weeks to allow Tyner time to relocate his family back to Texas.

His sentence was in line with a plea agreement drafted by Ghaphery and defense attorney Joe Blalock.

At Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Tyner wept when the attorneys recalled the events that led to the charge.

Blalock said Tyner has a strong support system of family members, friends and a former employer who said he will re-hire Tyner as soon as possible upon his release.