Slashing victims speak out at former friend’s hearing

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A man who stabbed a couple he was living with in October 2013 entered a guilty plea Thursday morning.

Jessie Bishop was convicted of two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of abduction.

Charles and Roberta Howe told WAVY.com Bishop was a friend they took in when he was homeless. While living there, Police say Bishop got into an altercation with the couple in their home when they refused to surrender an ATM and Visa card.

Bishop wielded a knife, slashing and stabbing the Howes; Bishop cut both of their necks. WAVY News’ Ava Hurdle spoke with Charles and Roberta Howe after the hearing, who say they were first beaten with a stick, then stabbed.

“I still have PTSD,” Roberta Howe said. “I’m being treated for it. I go once a month to be treated for it. I blame myself for bringing him into the house and injuring my husband, which I will never get over.”

After the incident, an investigation revealed Bishop had also forged seven of the Howe’s personal checks, adding up to about $1,400.

“I don’t hate him,” Roberta Howe said. “I loved him like a son. I hate … I’m sorry … I hate what he did to us. I tried to treat him with respect. I don’t understand why he did this to us.”

“He put us through hell, and we’ve had nightmares, and now that our hell is over, his hell is just starting, and it’s going to last a long, long time,” Charles Howe said.

Bishop faces a maximum of 60 years behind bars when he’s sentenced on May 1. Until then, he remains behind bars.

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