Man charged in 2022 Lyle stabbing case pleads guilty

Published 1:28 pm Tuesday, January 16, 2024

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The Lyle man accused of stabbing two people in 2022 has changed his plea to guilty in the case.

Carsen Brian Dolan, 19, had initially entered pleas of not guilty to two felony counts of second degree aiding and abetting assault with a dangerous weapon and felony second degree riot-armed with a dangerous weapon in December of 2022.

However, on Tuesday in Mower County District Court, Dolan agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of second degree aiding and abetting assault with a dangerous weapon as part of a plea deal that would see the remaining two charges dismissed if agreed to by the court.

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As part of the deal, Dolan’s defense is also requesting no additional jail time.

Official sentencing in the case is slated for April 4.

Dolan was one of several individuals involved in a fight on Nov. 16, 2022, in Lyle that resulted in two teens being stabbed in the 500 block of Fourth Street. A female was stabbed in the elbow and a male was stabbed in the abdomen.

READ MORE: Feud at the core of Lyle stabbing last week

A 14-year-old was also arrested in the incident and placed in a juvenile detention facility.  According to the court complaint, video obtained of the attack shows Dolan assaulting the male victim, while the female victim is heard saying, “he stabbed me.”  When questioned by detectives, Dolan admitted that there had been a “beef” between the two groups of teenagers involved and that a juvenile who supposedly committed the actual stabbing had come down from Austin.

According to the complaint, Dolan denied having a knife and that there had been no talk of a knife prior to the attack. He also said that he was uninvolved in the fight and that he went along to ensure the 14-year-old did not get hurt.