(Mayville) A jury found a Mayville man guilty in connection to a stabbing in the city three years ago. The jury deliberated for around two years Thursday before convicting Hensy Gabriel Cortez-Hernandez of First-Degree Reckless Endangerment.
Cortez-Hernandez was originally charged with First-Degree Attempted Homicide but the jury found him guilty on the lesser charge, which carries a maximum prison sentence of seven-and-a-half years.
The Mayville Police Department responded to the 100 block of Allen Street around 3am on December 15th of 2019. Officers found Salvador Meza-Gonzalez of Mayville with cuts to his head, neck, and hands. Meza-Gonzalez told authorities that he met his attacker at a local tavern earlier that evening.
Cortez-Hernandez was found hiding in a freezer in the basement of his Mayville residence around 11:20am the same day. Mayville police were able to develop suspect information with assistance from neighboring agencies and the state crime lab.
A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and the 36-year-old will be back in court this Friday for his sentencing hearing.