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Man gets life in prison for Five Points bar stabbing

Stewart Randal Ard (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Stewart Randal Ard (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

A man convicted of stabbing two Five Points bar employees after being thrown out of the establishment in July of 2013 will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Stewart Randal Ard, 39, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in a Richland County courtroom on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Ard and another man were ejected from Group Therapy on July 28, 2013. Just before 1 a.m., employees said the men returned to the Greene Street business and stabbed the bar's owner and a bouncer. 

Both were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators said Ard then tried to stab two more men as they ran after him moments after the incident. Another suspect is accused of punching the victims right before the stabbing occurred.

Ard was convicted by a jury for one count of attempted murder, two counts of assault and battery in the 2nd degree, assault and battery 3rd degree and carrying a concealed weapon.

Benjamin Geno, 30, and Jason Skaggs, 34, were also charged with second degree assault and battery by mob in connection with the incident.

According to online court records, the charges against Skaggs were dismissed at his preliminary hearing. Geno's case is still pending.

All three men turned themselves in after the Columbia Police Department released surveillance images from near the bar.

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