A Hanover resident who stabbed a man in the abdomen -- causing the victim's internal organs to partially spill out of his body -- is facing a lengthy prison term when sentenced next month.
A jury took a total of about four hours to convict 47-year-old Eddie Gutierrez of aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment, deputy prosecutor Justin Kobeski said.
Jurors acquitted Gutierrez of attempted homicide. He remains in York County Prison awaiting sentencing, set for 9 a.m. March 26, the prosecutor said.
"I'll likely be asking for 10 to 20 years," Kobeski said. Victim Felito Rosario-Morales, 34, now of East Berlin, suffered a stab wound to the right side of his abdomen that was 8 inches deep and caused part of his colon to fall out of his body, according to Kobeski. Rosario-Morales has since recovered and testified against Gutierrez at trial.
"It was over money," Kobeski said, "which seems insane."
Argued over $200: At trial, each claimed the other owed him $200, he said.
The attack happened about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18, 2011, at a hotel in Hanover's Center Square where both men were living at the time, according to court documents.
Much of the attack was caught on the hotel's surveillance video and showed both men in a hallway, documents state.
Gutierrez, known as "Cuba," pulled out a knife and Rosario-Morales fled down the hallway, with Gutierrez in pursuit, Hanover Police said.
Both men left the view of the security camera momentarily, but both could later be seen on tape; Gutierrez was holding a knife and Rosario-Morales collapsed, police said.
He was flown by medical helicopter to York Hospital for his life-threatening wound, police said.
Captured: Gutierrez fled the area and was captured the following week by U.S. marshals in Straban Township, Adams County, police said.
At trial, Gutierrez claimed he stabbed the victim in self-defense because Rosario-Morales had pulled a knife on him, according to Kobeski.
"The victim did have a knife on him, but it was folded up and in his pocket. And he was walking away (from the altercation)," the prosecutor said. "I'm just happy the jury didn't buy the self-defense argument."
Defense attorney Lori Yost did not return a phone message seeking comment.
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