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    An Ohio man shot a teen in the back with an arrow & stabbed him. He's now going to prison

    By Nancy Molnar, Canton Repository,


    CARROLLTON ‒ A 20-year-old Massillon man has been sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison for a Sept. 30 incident in which he seriously injured a 17-year-old boy with an arrow and knife.

    Michael J. Geckler was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to attempted murder and felonious assault in Carroll County Common Pleas Court.

    "It was a fair resolution," Carroll County Prosecutor Steven D. Barnett said.

    He said the victim appeared to be in good health when he spoke in court on Monday. The victim, his siblings and his mother spoke at the sentencing hearing.

    Geckler shot his friend in the back with a bow and arrow and repeatedly stabbed the youth at a King Road residence. The victim was hospitalized for treatment of his injuries.

    "It was tragic," said defense attorney Stephen Kandel. "They were enjoying the day as friends. Michael really doesn't remember what happened."

    The incident occurred just south of Lake Mohawk in Harrison Township.

    Judge Michael V. Repella II handled the case.

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    Reach Nancy at 330-580-8382 or On X, formerly known as Twitter: @nmolnarTR .

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