COVINGTON, Ky. — The man who stabbed three people, killing one, behind a Mainstrasse bar last summer pleaded guilty, Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said Wednesday.
A fist fight broke out in a parking lot after the bar closed early on July 1, 2018, and Chazrico Tremain Gibson pulled out a knife and stabbed three people, authorities said.
Aaron Howard, 38, of Cincinnati, died as a result. The other two victims were treated for minor injuries.
"It's both scary and sad to think a man lost his life in what amounts to a bar fight that happened out of the blue," Sanders said.
Gibson, 37, pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter and assault before Kenton Circuit Judge Gregory Bartlett.
Sanders commended the investigators who solved the case.
"There hadn't been any problems in the bars but then a fight suddenly broke out in the parking lot," Sanders said. "To further complicate things, the witnesses could describe the man with the knife, but no one knew his name or how he got there."
Eventually, investigators caught a break when a women told them the suspect had given her his phone number just before the fight broke out.
"If he hadn't been handing out his number to the ladies, I'm not sure we'd have ever identified him," Sanders said.
Prosecutors are recommending a 20-year sentence. He would have to serve at least four years before being eligible for parole. Final sentencing is scheduled for June 24.