Benjamin Black
Benjamin Black

A Dover Township man sentenced to nearly a year in York County Prison for stabbing a romantic rival has already served his time.

At his sentencing hearing Friday, Benjamin Darryl Black, 25 of Davidsburg Road, was ordered to spend 11-1/2 to 23 months in York County Prison, with a concurrent three years of probation, according to court records.

But he had already served more than his minimum.

Black was locked up in July 2012 after being charged in the attack and remained in prison until Sept. 18, 2013, when he was released on $1 bail, according to county records.

Black pleaded guilty Dec. 2 to aggravated assault and making terroristic threats for the July 2, 2012, incident.

The case: Northern York County Regional Police said Black stabbed James Snook, who was the fiance of Black's former girlfriend.

Snook, of Beavertown, Snyder County, was 39 at the time, police said.

According to police, Snook was at the home of fiancee Katrina Eckrote in the 4100 block of Nursery Road about 7 p.m. July 2, 2012, when Black arrived.

Black and Eckrote have a young child together, according to police.

Black confronted Eckrote, who told him to leave her property, police said, but he refused and an argument ensued.

'Fighting stance': Black "assumed a fighting stance," according to court documents.


When Snook told Black he needed to leave, Black brandished a 5-inch hunting knife and charged Snook, police said.

During the tussle, Snook was stabbed in his left side, just below the ribs, police said.

Black was arrested about four hours later when officers spotted him walking along Carlisle Road in Dover Township.

His defense attorney, John Hamme, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment. Prosecutors declined comment.

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