Teen gets 3 years in stabbing

Published 10:43 pm Monday, November 21, 2011

A teenager found guilty of a stabbing at the Planters Club in March will spend three years in the juvenile justice system.


Yamaine Elliott, now 17, was committed on Monday to the Department of Juvenile Justice as a serious offender for three years, prosecutor Jim Wiser said.

He also has a suspended two-year sentence in the adult justice system. The suspension is contingent upon his good behavior and successful completion of the juvenile program.

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The incident happened on March 5, when Elliott, then 16, stabbed two people at the party at the Planters Club, off Sleepy Hole Road. Several fights broke out in the building, and hired security escorted the troublemakers outside, where the stabbing took place.

One of the victims was stabbed in the back, and the other had a minor injury, Wiser said.

City spokeswoman Debbie George said at the time that the facility was rented by a father, ostensibly for a private “Sweet 16” party for his daughter. However, unbeknownst to the city, tickets were sold for the event at $5 in advance and $10 at the door.

The incident caused the city to cease rentals at all city facilities and review its policy for such rentals.

Elliott also will be on supervised probation for 10 years after his release, must pay restitution and must have no contact with the victims.

In other fallout from the incident, the owner of the security company who worked the event was charged with violating several laws regarding private security companies.

Geoffrey Fraites, of Newport News, was charged with one count of operating a security business without Department of Criminal Justice Services certification, two counts of utilizing non-DCJS-certified security guards and one count of utilizing a convicted felon as a security guard.

He was found guilty of two of the charges in May and received a suspended sentence of six months on each charge. The other two charges were not prosecuted.