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Jury finds Bradenton Beach man guilty

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

A Manatee County jury Jan. 25 found a Bradenton Beach man guilty of the 2010 stabbing of another local man following two and half hours of deliberation.

        Bradenton Beach Police Detective Leonard Diaz said Jacob Stephen Gennell, 21, was convicted of aggravated battery in connection with the stabbing, and of his subsequent escape from police custody.

        Prior to the trial, Jan. 23, the state attorney filed amended charges of aggravated battery for the stabbing and escape, two second-degree felonies.

        Kathy Carlson, mother of victim Ted Carlson, said she attended the trial, and that Gennell’s defense tried to blame the stabbing on his brother, Josh.

        Diaz said another of Gennell’s brothers, Zachary, also had been arrested in connection with the stabbing, but the charges were subsequently dropped.

        He said all three brothers and Ted Carlson were fighting on the evening of the arrest.

        The victim identified the defendant, Jacob, as the perpetrator, according to Diaz.

        Gennell was taken into custody after Ted Carlson told police he had been lured outside a home in the 2500 block of Avenue B, hit with a bat and stabbed five times. He suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung.

        “I hate to say it, but he got what he deserved,” said Kathy Carlson. “It’s sad, a kid, only 20-some years old, but my son could’ve died.”

        She said her son still is being treated for his injuries.

        Gennell is being held at the Manatee County jail. His sentence hearing is scheculed for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1115 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.

One Response to Jury finds Bradenton Beach man guilty

  1. Patricia Gennell says:

    The media never prints the whole story. No one knows that Josh did go to the Police department and tried to Speak to Mr. Diaz regarding the altercation with Mr. Carlson stating that he did it and he was turned away. No one knows that the Assistant DA wanted Jacob to accept a ple-bargain of jail time and they said try would not pursue Josh for the battery. No one knows that so called victim started the altercation by hitting Jacob with his head to Jacobs head over a cigarette.

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