Ex-college student offered plea deal in professor stabbing

A tentative plea hearing is scheduled for Dec. 6.

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A former Salem State University student charged with stabbing a professor in a campus bathroom multiple times has been offered a plea deal.

The Salem News reports a judge said Tuesday that 24-year-old Stephen Chastain would serve up to 5 ½ years in state prison, followed by five years of probation, if he pleads guilty in the case.

The former biology major faces charges including attempted murder for allegedly stabbing English professor Pierre Walker 23 to 24 times in the neck, chest, arm and hands in March.

Prosecutors say the men did not know each other and the attack was unprovoked. Walker has recovered.

Chastain’s lawyer says his client has no prior record and suffers from mental illness.

A tentative plea hearing is scheduled for Dec. 6.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

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