Franklin man sentenced for October bar stabbing

A Franklin man who stabbed someone outside a local bar in October has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Seth W. Hodson, 27, was sentenced to six years in an Indiana Department of Correction facility on one count of battery with a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony, in Johnson County Superior Court 2 on Wednesday. He had previously pleaded guilty to the charge in June.

He will spend three years of his sentence in prison and will be required to participate in a recovery program while incarcerated, with the option of sentence modification after completion. The remaining three years will be suspended with two years being on probation. Hodson’s sentence will be served after he completes a separate three-year home detention sentence resulting from a domestic battery case from Marion County, said Joe Villanueva, Johnson County Prosecutor.

The stabbing occurred during a fight between Hodson and another man about 3 a.m. on Oct. 18 outside a downtown Franklin bar, according to a Franklin Police Department report.

Security camera footage showed Hodson and the man nose-to-nose in an argument outside the bar. During the argument, Hodson escalated the fight by lighting a cigarette in the man’s face and the two shoved each other, according to the report.

Another person broke up the fight and the two separated but both remained on the premises, the report says.

A short time later, Hodson walked past the man in the parking lot and attacked him again. Hodson grabbed the man by the left side of his head and stabbed him in his ear, according to the report.

A fight ensued. During the struggle, the knife was knocked out of Hodson’s hand and was found in the parking lot by bar security. The knife had traces of blood on the blade and handle, the report says.

The man was taken to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment. He had a cut on his face, and his ear was heavily damaged, according to the report.

Hodson was intoxicated at more than twice the legal limit and sustained minor injuries to his face and eye, the report says.