Niles man pleads guilty in knife attack

WARREN – A Niles man faces up to eight years behind bars after pleading guilty Monday to a charge of felonious assault in connection with an attack on another man whose throat was slashed in November.

A charge of attempted murder was reduced for James Egner, 22, of North Cedar Street, who was being held on $100,000 bond.

Egner was scheduled to be tried Monday morning in the courtroom of Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice.

He could have received up to 11 years behind bars on the attempted murder charge. Maximum penalty on the felonious assault charge is eight years.

He will undergo a pre-sentence investigation before Rice hands down a sentence.

Assistant county prosecutor Michael Burnett said Egner is accused of confronting another Niles man, Zachary Travis, on Nov. 16 inside the Hole-in-the-Wall, a private club on East Park Avenue.

Police said after Travis, 24, of Ann Street, left the bar, he was followed along a path through a field. He was tackled in a ditch and his throat was cut with a box knife, according to reports.