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Man pleads in delivery stabbing





A Caribbean native has agreed to accept a plea bargain stemming from charges filed in connection with the robbery of a pizza delivery man more than a year ago.

Ernel Emmanual Chambers, 26, agreed to plead Monday in Ellis County District Court to reduced charges of attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated battery, both felonies. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered.

While his sentence on the charges is expected to range from 32 to 44 months in prison, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on him for being in the U.S. illegally. Chambers is a native of the Carribbean, according to Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees.

Drees said there's no agreement on the length of the sentence, other than an agreement that sentences will be served concurrently.

Chambers originally had been charged with attempted second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing of a Pizza Hut delivery man, and attempted aggravated robbery.

The robbery took place Sept. 16, 2011, in the 500 block of East Seventh.

The pizza delivery man was stabbed three times, one of which punctured the sac around his heart, requiring emergency surgery. Worker's compensation covered the cost of the medical treatment.