Man who stabbed vacationer in the Uintas pleads guilty, but mentally ill

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UPDATE: Charles Hendricks, 45, of Evanston, Wyoming entered a guilty plea but mentally ill to first-degree felony attempted murder last Thursday in Summit County. 

The crime is punishable by a prison term of 5-year-to-life at the Utah State Prison. 

Hendricks is scheduled to be sentenced Feb 25. 


SUMMIT COUNTY (News4Utah) – A man was vacationing in the Uintas with family when he was stabbed by a stranger Saturday morning. Police say the two men had never met, and there was absolutely no provocation for the attack. 

Police say they were called at about 9:45am Saturday and learned from witnesses that 45 year-old Charles Hendricks and the 62 year-old victim passed each other in the doorway of a small convenience store at the Bear River Lodge. Hendricks turned suddenly and stabbed the 62 year-old once in the neck. 

Police say Hendricks was restrained by witnesses and has been arrested and charged with attempted murder; he is from Wyoming and police say he’s had prior run-ins with law enforcement. 

Police say the victim was in the convenience store buying treats for his grandchildren. He was initially air-lifted to the hospital in critical condition, but has since been upgraded to stable condition. 

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