A judge Monday spared a Maryland Street man from jail after he pleaded guilty to stabbing a man who broke into his house and terrorized his wife last month.
State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang granted Jeffrey Pacheco, 37, a conditional discharge and told him to stay out of trouble for the next year. Pacheco pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault in the stabbing of Jose A. Rivera, 29, of Efner Street.
Pacheco stabbed Rivera in the face as Rivera sat in a police car at about 6 p.m. Feb. 3, after Rivera broke into Pacheco's home and stole a videocassette recorder and a coat.
Pacheco's attorney, John V. Elmore, said Pacheco was emotionally upset over the trauma that Rivera had caused his wife during the break-in minutes earlier.