NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (May 27, 2022) – The city man accused of stabbing someone while on probation for an animal cruelty conviction has been ordered to spend the rest of that time in jail.
59-year-old Adam Soto appeared in Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court by video this morning to answer for a positive alcohol test following his arrest for the April 6th stabbing of a 50-year-old in New Philadelphia. Soto admitted to the alcohol violation and was ordered by Judge Michael Ernest to spend the remainder of the 12 months of supervision he had been serving in the cruelty case behind bars.
“I show that he would have 106 days that could be imposed in the Tuscarawas County Jail. I’m going to order him to serve out 106 days in the Tuscarawas County Jail going forward from today.”
Soto has pleaded not guilty to counts of felonious assault for the stabbing at a home on Front Avenue southwest. A scheduling conference between the judge and the attorneys will take place on June 22nd.
Soto spent six months in jail for killing his English bulldog with a knife and hatchet two years ago. He was also on probation at the time of the stabbing for a separate case in which he was accused of assaulting a man with a golf club. Judge Elizabeth Thomakos presided over the second case and reserved a two-year prison term, the balance of which she could order Soto to complete during a hearing on July 26th.