EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 8, 2014

Alleged dominoes stabber faces reduced charge

By Paul Tennant

---- — LAWRENCE — A defendant accused of stabbing a man who beat him in dominoes now faces a reduced charge.

Wanderlis Ceballos, also known as Wanderlis Ceballaos-Arias and Monte Adentro, 26, of 565 Haverhill St., was initially arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder. Ceballos allegedly stabbed a 30-year-old man in the back three times at around 1 a.m. June 29.

He was angry because the victim’s team had beaten his team in a game of dominoes, police said. When Ceballos was arraigned June 30, Lawrence District Court Judge Mark Sullivan ordered that he be held without bail until a dangerousness hearing that took place yesterday.

At that hearing, the intent to murder charge was reduced to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Judge Kevin Gaffney set Ceballos’ bail at $5,000 cash, which was posted by Maria Arias-Garcia.

Gaffney ordered that Ceballos be released on a GPS monitoring bracelet. The judge also told him to stay away from the victim.

Ceballos is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing July 25.

Ceballos and the victim agreed to settle their dispute over the dominoes game by engaging in a fistfight, according to a report filed with the court by Detective Kevin Nigohosian. Before they began the bout, Ceballos tossed aside a knife at the request of the victim, Nigohosian wrote.

As the melee got underway, however, Ceballos brandished a second knife, with which he stabbed the victim in the back three times, police said. While friends took the victim to Lawrence General Hospital, Ceballos fled in his car.

He was arrested later that morning at the police station.

Assault with intent to murder is a felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Had that charge remained, Ceballos would have faced a trial in Superior Court.

Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor in District Court. If he is convicted in the District Court, the maximum penalty Ceballos will face is 2 1/2 years in jail.