- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A sentencing has been scheduled next month for a Mason City man accused of stabbing five people at a downtown bar.

Cerro Gordo County District Court records say 39-year-old Raul Millares Arias entered an Alford plea of guilty Tuesday to five counts of willful injury and one of going armed with intent. In an Alford plea, a person doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a likely conviction.

His sentencing is set for May 14.

Police say Millares Arias had been asked to leave the bar July 4 last year before stabbing four men and one woman and attempting to stab a sixth person. Police say Millares Arias was chased out of the bar by a customer and then held for police by witnesses.

Court records say he’d planned to use defenses of intoxication and diminished responsibility.

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