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A Vernon man accused of attempted murder has accepted a plea deal. Phillip Tintle, a 2008 graduate of Vernon Township High School, allegedly robbed a 70-year-old hiker on a trail in the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge and stabbed him in the stomach.
On Wednesday, November 28 Tintle pleaded guilty to second-degree aggravated assault in exchange for being sentenced in the third-degree range. The 28-year-old, who was initially facing over 66 years in prison, is now facing three to five years and will be subject to the No Early Release Act.
He reportedly has a history of mental illness and has been in trouble with the law in the past. Tintle was charged in 2013 for starting the 2011 fire at Franklin Sussex Auto Mall that caused damage to over 30 cars.
Earlier this year a psychiatrist had determined that the Tintle was competent to stand trial for the attempted murder charge but said he was insane when the crime occurred in 2016. Since his arrest he has reportedly been undergoing treatment at a psychiatric hospital.
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