A Mount Airy man charged in March with stabbing his brother during a disagreement received a suspended sentence Tuesday as a part of a plea agreement.
Vishall Goruv Kaistha, 25, had pleaded not guilty, but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts to one count of second-degree assault, according to Senior Assistant State's Attorney Ashley R. Pamer.
Kaistha received a two-year suspended sentence and was placed on probation for five years by Judge Fred S. Hecker, according to Pamer.
Pamer said her office worked with the victim and the rest of Kaistha's family to come to an agreement because the victim did not want Kaistha to be incarcerated.
Since the March 13 incident, Pamer said Kaistha has been in treatment programs and he has the support of his family.
On that date, Kaistha and his brother engaged in a verbal argument which became physical shortly after midnight, according to court records.
The two were separated, but at approximately 7 a.m., they began arguing again, and Kaistha, who was cooking at the time, raised his hands toward the victim to stop his approach while holding the knife, according to court records.
Police responded to the residence and found Kaistha kneeling over his brother, who appeared to have a stab wound to his chest, according to court records.
Police also saw a large amount of blood in the home and a kitchen knife with blood on the blade, according to court records.
Kaistha told police he did not realize he was holding the knife when his brother was injured and immediately discarded the knife and attempted to help him until medical assistance arrived, according to court records.