Plea deal reached in stabbing case

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Maes to serve 5 1/2 years

By Martin Salazar

The 24-year-old Las Vegas man arrested in June for allegedly stabbing three men at a house on the 2500 block of Hot Springs Boulevard has reached a plea agreement in the case.

Walter Maes, whose address has previously been listed as the 400 block of Bernice Drive, pleaded guilty last week to three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, third-degree felonies, and to one count of tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Maes is facing an 11-½ year prison sentence, with six of those years suspended. He will also be on parole for two years, probation for five years and must pay restitution as determined by the Adult Probation and Parole Division.

Maes is barred from having any contact with the victims in the case.

As part of the plea, the District Attorney’s Office agreed to drop one count of conspiracy and one count of aggravated burglary that Maes had been charged with.

Judge Abigail Aragon approved the plea agreement last Monday, although a sentencing hearing has yet to be held.

The charges stem from a heated altercation that occurred on June 1. The victims were
Steve Hodges, Michael Adams and Carlos Gonzales.

According to court documents:

Maes and two others showed up at the Hot Springs house in the early morning hours of June 1. The discussion between Maes and Gonzales became heated and Adams asked Maes and another man to leave his home.

According to authorities, a short while later, Maes and the other man walked back into the residence and Maes lunged at Hodges and Gonzales, repeatedly stabbing them.

Adams pulled Maes off Hodges, and Maes stabbed Adams.

Authorities have said that Hodges was stabbed once behind the head and three times in the stomach. Adams sustained one stab wound to the right side of his abdomen.

Gonzales had several stab wounds to his back and one stab wound punctured and collapsed one of his lungs.

Maes is considered a habitual offender.

His criminal record includes aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2008 and robbery in 2007.

The state was represented by Tom Clayton while Maes was represented by Stephen D. Aarons. Notes from last week’s hearing state that the victims were in agreement with the plea.