Ex-student gets probation for stabbing classmate at Roosevelt University

Lucas Wagoner | CPD

A former Roosevelt University student who faced attempted murder charges for allegedly stabbing another student during a fight in 2018 has been found guilty of less-serious charges in a bench trial.

Lucas Wagoner and the victim were both 18 when Wagoner allegedly stabbed the other man repeatedly after an argument turned physical inside a dorm room at the school, 425 South Wabash. The victim, who was stabbed in his chest, arm, and stomach during the November 29, 2018, incident suffered a collapsed lung, prosecutors said.

Wagoner took the case to a bench trial and was found guilty of two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon by Cook County Judge William Gamboney. The judge found Wagoner not guilty of attempted murder and one other felony, court records show.

Gamboney this week sentenced Wagoner to three years of probation and 200 hours of community service.

Wagoner’s attorneys presented a self-defense argument since the former pre-med student’s initial bond court appearance two years ago. But Judge John Lyke, who presided over that first hearing, called the matter an “unprovoked attack” after considering prosecutors’ allegations.

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