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Prosecutor recommends 20 years in prison following guilty plea in July stabbing behind Covington bar

The man who stabbed three people, one fatally, behind a Mainstrasse bar in the early morning hours of July 1, 2018 has pled guilty.


After a fist-fight broke out in a parking lot at bar closing, Chazrico Tremaine Gibson, 37, pulled out a knife and stabbed three people.

Aaron Howard, 38, of Cincinnati, died as a result of the stab wounds. Two other victims were treated for minor injuries. 

Gibson entered guilty pleas to Manslaughter and Assault 2nd Degree before Kenton Circuit Judge Gregory Bartlett. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Aaron Levinson, who prosecuted the case, is recommending that Gibson serve 20 years in prison for the crimes.

Bartlett will impose formal, final sentencing on June 24, 2019 at 9am in Courtroom 7A of the Kenton County Justice Center.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders complimented the investigation of Detective Justin Bradbury and the Covington Police Crime Bureau for solving a difficult case.

“There hadn’t been any problems in the bars but then the fight suddenly broke out in the parking,” said Sanders. “To further complicate things, the witnesses could describe the man with the knife but no one knew his name or how he got there.”


Sanders said investigators caught a break when a woman told them the suspect gave her his phone number just before the chaos erupted.

“If he hadn’t been handing out his number to the ladies, I’m not sure we’d have ever identified him,” said Sanders.

Sanders said there was nothing to suggest the stabbing was premeditated, or that the parties even knew one another.

“It’s both scary and sad to think a man lost his life in what amounts to a bar fight that happened out of the blue,” said Sanders. “There was no good reason for a fist-fight, much less the use of any deadly weapons.“

Sanders said prosecutors were in regular contact with Howard’s family who approved the plea agreement and recommended sentence.

Gibson must serve a minimum of four years before being eligible for parole.

Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office

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