Rochester man pleads guilty to trying to kill taxi driver in July 2017
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Rochester man pleaded guilty to attempted murder Tuesday after he stabbed a cab driver in the face and neck last July.
On July 18, Eugene Hutchings, 47, was riding in the back of a taxi and demanded money from the driver who had taken him to Liberty Pole Way around 11:45 p.m. Hutchings then stabbed the driver five times in the face and neck, cutting him across his forehead, nose, above his upper lip, chin and neck.
Hutchings pleaded guilty to attempted murder 2nd, assault 1st, two counts of attempted robbery 1st and assault 2nd.
“Nobody in this community deserves to fear for their life when they go to work any given day," Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Monica O’Brien said. "It is our hope that with his admission of guilt, the victim can continue to heal and feel safe in his day-to-day life.”
As part of the plea agreement, Hutchings will serve 25 years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision.
Hutchings is scheduled to be sentenced on February 15, 2018, in front of County Court Judge Argento.