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Vadnais convicted in Somerset stabbing

Ryan William Vadnais

A Somerset man charged in a stabbing incident last fall has been convicted in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

Ryan William Vadnais, 29, withdrew a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in an agreement and pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless injury and first-degree reckless endangerment Friday, March 30. Charges of first-degree attempted homicide and aggravated battery were dropped.

Judge Howard W. Cameron ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing hearing for June 4 at 2 p.m.

Vadnais was arrested and charged following the stabbing of Scott Melvin Germain, 48, in his town of Somerset residence about 3 a.m. Sept. 18.

Vadnais had been living in the house for about a month and had a relationship with Germain's daughter, the criminal complaint said.

In testimony during earlier proceedings, Germain told the court he was awakened from a sound sleep with somebody on his back. "I got stabbed a few times. I was half asleep," he said.

Germain said he suffered multiple stab wounds in the back, a collapsed lung and a surgeon had to operate to remove the knife from his back. He spent three and one-half days in the hospital.

Germain said he and Vadnais "got along," prior to the incident.

Zachary, Germain's son who also lived in the house, testified that he had known Vadnais for years. He told the court he had just got home not long before the incident and Vadnais was pacing around the house mumbling.

Zachary said he heard his dad yelling and went into his bedroom. "I grabbed Ryan of off him. I saw a knife sticking out of dad's back," he said.

The maximum sentenced for each felony count is 12 years, six months in prison and a $25,000 fine.