Man faces 6 1/2 years in prison

Staff report

A Clovis man on Friday was found guilty of aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon, assault, shoplifting, and criminal damage to property, according to a Monday news release by District Attorney Andrea Reeb.

The jury deliberated for 2 1/2 hours before returning the verdict.

According to the release, in 2013 Jeffrey Hyre fled a department store with stolen merchandise. Employees and other individuals pursued Hyre into a residential alleyway, where he stabbed one individual in the face and damaged the windshield of a car.

Both the stabbing victim and Hyre were treated at Plains Regional Medical Center.

Hyre is facing a maximum of 6 1/2 years in prison.

Assistant DA Matthew Andrasko prosecuted the case and Thomas Harden represented the defendant.

Harden could not be reached for comment Monday.