Ithaca, N.Y. — The Ithaca teenager accused of stabbing four women during a bloody melee in October 2013 pleaded guilty this week to 15 criminal charges, according to officials in the Tompkins County Courthouse.

Police said Dante Sweat, then 17, stabbed one woman multiple times in the head and body, as well as three others, after a “sea of fighting” broke out on the 600 block of Chestnut Street in Ithaca.

The attacks reportedly occurred in front of five young children. Sweat’s attorney has said in court documents that Sweat was trying to defend his mother from what he perceived to be neighborhood bullies.

According to court officials, Sweat has entered a guilty plea to the following 15 charges:
— First-degree burglary
— Attempted murder (4 counts)
— First-degree assault (3 counts)
— Second-degree assault
— Unlawful imprisonment
— Endangering the welfare of a child (5 counts)

Sweat’s sentencing has not been scheduled yet.

Read the full police account of Sweat’s actions in an Ithaca Voice story published yesterday.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.