Racine stabbing in 2021, man sentenced after no contest plea

A Racine man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for a 2021 stabbing.

Anthony Harrison, 56, pleaded no contest Tuesday, Jan. 10 to a charge of substantial battery with a dangerous weapon. He had been initially charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. 

Police were called to the stabbing scene near Hagerer and Marquette on June 13, 2021. A criminal complaint states Harrison had "a large amount" of blood on his clothes and a cut on his finger. He told police he "cut" the victim and the knife was inside the house. Officers found the knife on the living room floor.

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Harrison said he was asleep in the living room when the victim woke him up and attacked him, per the complaint. He did not provide details of the attack, but admitted the knife was his.

A witness said he awoke to Harrison and the victim arguing and grappling before the victim stepped away full of blood. The witness said Harrison admitted to stabbing the victim "because he was sick of him," according to the complaint. Harrison also told police that the victim was a homosexual and that he was "getting sick of this (expletive) gay (expletive)."

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The complaint states the victim underwent surgery for a collapsed lung. Police later spoke to him, and he said there was an ongoing dispute between him and Harrison about a dog. The victim said, according to the complaint that, Harrison called him derogatory names for homosexuals. 

The victim said he went to leave the room when the physical altercation started, and he believed Harrison threw the first punch. He didn't realize he had been stabbed until about 10 minutes into the fight when they separated, according to the complaint.

In addition to prison time, Harrison was sentenced to two years of extended supervision.