ITHACA, N.Y. — A man admitted in court Thursday to stabbing a man in front of DeWitt Mall in April.

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Bruce R. Mead II pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault in exchange for a suggested maximum sentence of two to four years in prison. He was originally charged with felonies for two counts of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Mead stabbed a man twice in the chest around 1:30 p.m. April 17 outside of the Dewitt Mall.

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According to a woman at the scene, Mead approached four men sitting on a curve with a silver pocketknife.

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The men began arguing and one of the people with the group punched Mead in the face twice.

“The suspect charges at the victim with a closed fist, as if someone would stab another person in a very angry, aggressive manner,” the woman later told police. “The suspect did this twice, really fast.”

The man was treated at Cayuga Medical Center.

In court, Mead said, “The victim, along with others, engaged in a conspiracy that led to me being assaulted and mugged.”

He said he then retaliated by stabbing a man, which he knows he shouldn’t have done.

“I took the law into my own hands,” he said.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced in January.

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