Warner Robins man gets 12 years in stabbing

WARNER ROBINS — A Warner Robins man was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for stabbing a man last year at Kipper’s Bar and Grill at 4205 Watson Blvd., a Houston County prosecutor says.

Tyrone Artis, 27, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Katherine K. Lumsden immediately after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and possession of a knife during a crime, Chief Assistant District Attorney Jason Ashford said.

No motive was established in the stabbing other than Artis told authorities that he stabbed Derrick Whitfield of Warner Robins several times because “he looked at me wrong,” Ashford said.

Whitfield, who was in good physical shape, recovered from the multiple stab wounds that sent him to the hospital in an ambulance, Ashford said.

Artis wielded a knife that had a three-inch blade in the attack, the prosecutor said.

The men did not know each other and had not spoken to each other prior to the 12:14 a.m. incident on Sept. 21, 2008, police said.

Both men had been out on the dance floor when Artis followed Whitfield into the restroom and attacked him, Houston County sheriff’s Sgt. Al Elvins previously said.

The knife was dropped as the men wrestled in the bathroom.

A Houston County sheriff’s deputy, who was off-duty and working at the bar checking IDs at the door, saw a man run out of the building, Elvins said.

About the same time, a wounded Whitfield reached the deputy and told him what had happened.

Police quickly set up a perimeter and Artis was captured in a nearby field about 20 minutes later, Elvins said.