HONESDALE - A man convicted of stabbing a woman in Hawley Borough in May 2017, was sentenced February 22nd to four and a half years in state prison.

The sentenced was handed down in Wayne County Court against Steven John Schuman, following a guilty plea to one count of Aggravated Assault with Bodily Injury.

District Attorney Pat Robinson reported that on May 25, 2017, Schuman stabbed the female victim three times in the neck following an argument inside a residence on Highland Street in Hawley.

The victim was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital covered in blood from her wounds and then to Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton for further care, including surgery.

At the sentencing, First Assistant Deborah Rotherberg read a letter written and prepared by the victim expressing her continued fear and loss of trust in people. Rothenberg further emphasized to Senior Judge Raymond L. Hamill, that a focus of the sentencing hearing should be on the victim, and her injuries, in addition to the lack of remorse of the defendant and the aggravated nature of the incident.

Robinson stated that, “the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office has a zero tolerance policy regarding domestic violence. This case is an excellent example of why a zero tolerance policy is required.

Cases like this are usually the result of and escalating pattern of violent behavior. Swift and strong action at the beginning of these escalating patterns will deter many abusers from reaching the horrific level of violence exhibited in this case. In any event Defendant Schuman will definitely ben deterred from abusing any women for the next 4-1/2 to 12 years.”

The District Attorney’s Office thanks the Pennsylvania State Police for their excellent work in investigating this case.