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Shelby County Jury Finds Herrick Man Guilty of Aggravated Assault

A Shelby County Jury finds a Herrick man guilty of Aggravated Assault.


Monday, April 11th, the jury found 48-year-old Erik M. Ray guilty of the Class A Misdemeanor, which carries a max sentence of 364 days in jail. 


Shelby County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ray in early February. He confronted the victim and the victim’s wife who were his neighbors about statements they allegedly made about Ray’s dog. 


The victim told Ray to leave the residence after Ray threatened them. Ray began to leave, then turned around and tried to re-enter the home with a knife in his hand. 


The victim pushed Ray, causing him to fall from the porch. Ray then stood up with a large knife in his hand attempting to stab the victim in the stomach. Ray also had a black revolver on his person at the time of the incident. 


When police arrived, Ray surrendered a knife and the revolver, which was loaded with six rounds. The knife is a 6-inch Rambo-style knife. Police also took samples of Ray’s footsteps in the snow.


The victim has an opportunity to present a victim impact statement at Ray’s sentencing hearing June 13th. 


Shelby County State’s Attorney Nichole Kroncke thanks the jurors for their service and attentive consideration of the evidence in this case.