Photo: John Butcher
CHESTER – On February 11th at 4:00 pm the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a stabbing that had just occurred. The victim had reportedly been stabbed in the eye.
The suspect, John Butcher, left the scene after the crime. The victim went to the hospital and deputies began investigating, and eventually determined that Butcher committed assault, child endangerment and burglary.
The next day Butcher turned himself in to the Chester substation of the PCSO. He asserts that his attack was in self-defense.
The developing back story is that Butcher came to Shawn Long’s home looking for Long’s juvenile son. As Shawn tried to defend his son, he was stabbed with a screwdriver “into the skin under one eye, through the nasal passage and came through the roof of Long’s mouth” (Plumas News).