NIU linebacker stabbed 15 months after being shot
Butler treated, released from hospital
Northern Illinois linebacker Devon Butler was stabbed in the chest Sunday, 15 months after being shot at an off-campus party near the DeKalb, Ill., university.
Butler was allegedly stabbed by 25-year-old Freddy E. Sparks-Ward, who was charged with armed violence, aggravated battery, battery and criminal trespass with a maximum sentence of 30 years possible. He suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Kishwaukee Community Hospital.
The incident took place around 3 a.m. Sunday after Sparks-Ward was thrown out of a party and returned 20 minutes later. He admitted to stabbing Butler with a blade of at least four inches, and the weapon was recovered by police.
Butler allegedly fought with the assailant twice at the off-campus party.
In April 2011, Butler was shot while visiting an off-campus apartment. Police believe that incident was retaliatory against the tenants accepting drugs from a dealer hours earlier but not paying for up to 30 grams of marijuana. Police are certain Butler was not present during the earlier deal and absolved him of any involvement.